Tuisina Ymania Brown

Tuisina is a survivor of 40 years of institutionalised discrimination and spousal gender based violence, racial profiling, and trans violence and persecution. She lives her truth as a trans woman of colour from Polynesia, a human rights defender and a former corporate In-house Counsel. She practices in trade marks and intellectual property law, and holds a Masters of Intellectual Property Law and a Masters of Law.

She has over 15 years of volunteer experience in international NGOs including:

  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (New York, International Advisory Board Member)
  • Global Interfaith Network on Sex, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (Johannesburg, Treasurer and Co-Chair);
  • International Trans Fund (New York, Co-Chair)

Born and raised in Samoa, she currently lives as a single parent to two sons in Brisbane Australia.

organisation: Pacific Human Rights Initiative (Samoa)