As a young adult, Judit Revesz noticed her home of Hungary was different than other countries and found that she was happier when traveling abroad. This realization ultimately led her to explore possibilities elsewhere.
Ms. Revesz was born in Budapest during Hungary’s communist era. She witnessed the country’s transition to democracy firsthand and attended law school while newly written laws had yet to be fully understood. When she heard about the U.S. Green Card Lottery, she applied for her father and herself. Because she was over twenty-one when her father won, Judit was unable to join her family when they moved. Her family applied for her green card so she could eventually join them.
Upon arriving in 2000, Ms. Revesz faced challenges immediately. With a tourist visa and pending green card status, she was told it could take ten years to obtain her green card. After working as a waitress and caring for her grandmother’s elderly friends, Judit discovered her new calling: conflict resolution. She audited mediation classes at Columbia University, unable to receive a student visa due to her pending green card status.
Ms. Revesz’s life has dramatically improved since she received her green card in 2003. She has worked for the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies and the United Nations. She is currently a consultant for the Office of the Ombudsman for the UN Funds and Programmes. She lives in New York City with her husband.
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