Rachel Thomas is a program officer with the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), part of the Open Society Public Health Program. She has worked with SHARP since 2005 to promote human rights–based approaches to advancing the health of people who are marginalized because of their sexual practices or gender identity. Her work includes projects to document and reduce human rights abuses experienced by sex workers from police and in health care settings, and strengthening the capacity of and opportunities for sex worker groups and leaders to advocate on their own behalf.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Thomas worked as a consultant with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition, and Population Division in Washington, D.C., and with Women’s Campaign International in Philadelphia. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan. Thomas holds an MA in International Development from American University, with a concentration in Public Health.