Jessica is the Legal Program Manager for Southeast Asia, Australia & the Pacific, managing TrustLaw’s network of NGOs, social enterprises, and lawyers in the region. She facilitates pro bono legal assistance for members, and supports strategic legal research programs on regional and cross-border issues such as women’s rights, forced migration, human trafficking, humanitarian assistance, and climate change. Jessica has broad experience in corporate legal practice, as well as in the non-profit and social enterprise sectors. Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation, she was a Judge’s Associate in the Federal Court of Australia, working in industrial and employment law, discrimination, migration, and indigenous land rights. Prior to that, her roles included work as a commercial lawyer in Australia; an advocate with the Mekong Migration Network in Southeast Asia; a refugee lawyer with Asylum Access Thailand; a Helton Fellow with the American Society of International Law; and a practitioner with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Ethiopia. Jessica has undertaken training on forced migration at the University of Oxford, and holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Media & Communications, and a Master of Public & International Law from the University of Melbourne.
Executive summary: Jessica looks after TrustLaw’s diverse network of NGOs, social enterprises, and lawyers in Southeast Asia, Australia & the Pacific.
Languages spoken: English Mandarin