Karen Robinson

Board Member

Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson has over 35 years of experience in human rights, human rights education, community and youth development, and community organizing.

Karen started her career in the field of community engagement and youth development at American University where she helped start what was then the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service. While at American University, she initiated service-learning programs, linking classroom learning with direct service projects throughout Washington, D.C.

Karen then moved to Amnesty International, USA where she served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Deputy Director and Director of the Human Rights Education program. In that capacity, she served six years as the Chair of the International Human Rights Education Coordinating Committee for Amnesty International globally.

As the Director of Human Rights Education at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, she led the creation of the first Speak Truth To Power Human Rights Education packet, an educational tool using the stories of human rights defenders to teach about human rights.  The STTP resources has been distributed to thousands of schools in the U.S. and internationally. Karen has conducted numerous training and professional development sessions and served as a speaker at educational conferences, within school districts and at educational meetings in the U.S. and globally.  Working with local partners, she has helped start HRE programs in South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Greece and numerous schools across the U.S.

Karen competed internationally in the sport of field hockey and now is an avid runner having completed multiple full and half marathons. She lives on a small farm in Bucks County, PA with her husband, daughters, dogs and a flock of feathered friends.