Program Administrator, Human Rights Clinic
Jessica Pierson is the Program Administrator of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School. Prior to joining the Clinic, she was the Student Services Coordinator at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Pierson's graduate thesis research explored abortion as a human right in the United States and the role of CEDAW cities in challenging the Hyde Amendment. As a graduate student, Pierson was a Research Assistant at the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School where she worked on initiating local advocacy campaigns to combat religious healthcare refusals. In addition to her work at the Clinic, Pierson is the UN Representative for the International Alliance of Women and is currently working on the Beijing Plus 25 event where world governments will commit to speed up and scale up promises made in the Beijing Platform for Action at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women.
Pierson holds an M.A. in Human Rights Studies from Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.