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Hera Jay Brown

Election Year: 2020

Election Constituency: United States of America

Scholar Status: Scholar Alum

Rhodes Identifier: Tennessee & Lincoln 2020

Hera Jay Brown


Hera Jay Brown, M.Phil. is the Founder and Executive Director of Sanctuarium, a US nonprofit dedicated to supporting Transgender, Intersex, and Gender Variant (TIGV) immigrant communities. Her academic and professional works center on the intersections of human rights and justice with domestic and international legal regimes governing asylum, development, displacement, and labor in Jordan, the EU, and the US. At Oxford, Hera Jay conducted research on the implementation and reception of the Jordan Compact's labor permit program within the Hashemite Kingdom. Prior to Oxford, Hera Jay held several positions in research, the non-profit sector, and the policy world. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her work including the Fulbright-Schuman Graduate Research Fellowship, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Rhodes Service Year, the University of Tennessee's Chancellor's Medallion, and the Gilman International Scholarship to Jordan. She has also written about and presented her work with numerous universities, non-profits, and academic conferences in the US and Europe. A desire to advance the rights of and protections for marginalized communities around the globe remains the core driver throughout all of her work.