Ben Hernandez-Stern



Benjamin Hernandez-Stern is an Attorney Advisor in the Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. There, he focuses on enforcement actions that arise from complaints alleging discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, and disability.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Hernandez-Stern worked at the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At HHS, he enforced various civil rights laws, drafted regulations associated with the Affordable Care Act, and served as the Director of the Academy for Civil Rights Investigators. From 2013-2014, Mr. Hernandez-Stern was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted domestic violence and sexual offense cases. Before joining federal service, Mr. Hernandez-Stern clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson, United States Circuit Judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in the general litigation department.

Mr. Hernandez-Stern is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve. As a Judge Advocate, Major Hernandez-Stern regularly gives legal advice to Air Force personnel on military justice matters, personnel issues, operational law, and administrative claims. In 2011, Major Hernandez-Stern was forward deployed from the Criminal Investigation Task Force to Joint Task Force- Iraq, where he served as the Chief of Prosecution.

Mr. Hernandez-Stern received his law degree from Stanford University and undergraduate degree from Brown University.

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