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Joe Jenkins

Pennoyer Fellow/Researcher & Advocate

As a Pennoyer Fellow for the Refugee Protection team, Joe supports Human Rights First in advocating for improvements to U.S. refugee policy. His work includes conducting research, authoring advocacy materials, and building partnerships with national and state level allies to convince policymakers to protect the rights of refugees. Joe also works as part of Human Rights First’s Veterans for American Ideals initiative, elevating the voices of U.S. military veterans in support of human rights causes.

Prior to joining Human Rights First Joe served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, where he deployed to the Al-Anbar province of Iraq and to disaster relief operations in the Carribean.  After his service in the military, Joe returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas to serve as high school science teacher with Teach for America.

Joe is a graduate of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received Masters in Public Affairs and was a Ben Barnes Fellow. He is also a Magna cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas.

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