Head of Policy

John K. Bingham

Head of Policy

A lawyer and migrant, Mr. Bingham is the Head of Policy of the International Catholic Migration Commission in Geneva. ICMC is a network of the Catholic bishops conferences worldwide. With programmes and staff in 40 countries, ICMC serves and advocates for refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality.

At the invitation of the governments of Switzerland (2011), Mauritius (2012) and Sweden (2013-2014), Mr. Bingham has served as global Coordinator of civil society activities for the states-led Global Forum on Migration and Development. In 2010, he chaired the Steering Committee for the Civil Society Days of the Global Forum, at the invitation of the government of Mexico. He also serves as president of the International NGO Platform on the Migrant Workers Convention.

Before joining ICMC in 2005, Mr. Bingham worked for eight years for Catholic Charities in New York, where he was director of the departments of Immigrant and Refugee Services and later Capital Projects and Law. He further served as Chair of the Board of the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy network of 180 member organizations.

During the eight prior years, he taught human rights and criminal justice in a refugee camp of 240,000 Cambodians in Thailand, and later business law at the university in Phnom Penh, where he co-authored two books, Free Market Contract Law and an English-Cambodian Law Dictionary.

A graduate of Fordham Law School and St. John’s University in New York, Mr. Bingham worked for eight years in the legal department of a major Wall Street investment bank, where he was Vice President. Married to a French woman and living in France, he has four sons aged 18, 16, 14 and 12.

Contact information:

John K. Bingham
Head of Policy
The International Catholic Migration Commission
1 rue de Varembé
Case Postale 96
CH-1211 Geneva 20

Workphone : + 41 22 919 10 25
Workfax : + 41 22 919 10 48
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