Jyothi Kanics was born in 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Russian & East European Studies and Russian Language & Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1993. She continued her graduate studies at Yale University where she received an M.A. in International Relations in 1995. From 1995-2000 she was based in Washington, DC working with non-governmental organizations active in the fields of health, education and human rights in the region of Central Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. From 2000-2004 she served as the Head of the Anti-Trafficking Unit at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. She completed her Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford in 2005. From 2004-2007 She worked with Save the Children as the Programme Manager of the Separated Children in Europe Programme. She then worked with the Irish Refugee Council as Separated Children’s Officer. From August 2009 to September 2014 she worked with UNICEF as an Advocacy and Policy Specialist. Since September 2014, she is a doctoral fellow at the Law Faculty of the University of Lucerne and assists Professor Caroni with a 4-year research project on undocumented migrants as part of the new National Centre of Competence in Research on migration and mobility (NCCR-on the move).