Jessica Stern, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. As the first researcher on LGBT rights at Human Rights Watch and a Ralph Bunche Fellow at Amnesty International, she conducted fact-finding investigations and advocacy in relation to Iran, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Prior to working internationally, she campaigned extensively for social and economic justice in the United States for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, the Urban Justice Center and as a co-founding collective member of Bluestockings Bookstore. A past board member of Queers for Economic Justice, she currently serves on the board of the International Bar Association’s Committee on LGBT Rights and the Law. Educated at the London School of Economics, she teaches at Columbia University. She is frequently quoted in the media, including by Agence France Presse, Al Jazeera, the Associated Press, The Guardian, CNN and The New York Times.