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Introducing Board Chair Karen Evans

Date: January 11, 2022
Type: Profile
Issues: Human Rights Defenders , International Advocacy

In the spring of 2017, Karen Evans was standing in the Palais des Nations, headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, surrounded by human rights defenders from all over the world. After months of preparations, Karen was ready to experience the place where stories of human rights violations are told, and governments are held accountable. Karen had been involved in The Advocates' work for a long time. She and now-Executive Director Robin Phillips met while working together at a Minneapolis law firm. They stayed in touch when Robin joined The Advocates. "Eventually, I began volunteering in small ways and attending the annual Human Rights Awards Dinner," remembers Karen. Karen received a volunteer award in 2018 for her extraordinary commitment. In 2017, Karen decided to participate in the weeklong UN Study-Advocacy trip. Karen and the other volunteers observed the UN Human Rights Council session and shared The Advocates' research and recommendations with delegates. Karen knew that she was part of a global movement for human rights. "It was an emotional and inspiring experience to look around and see the diversity of our humanity. I was surrounded by people who shared the common vision of making the world a better place," shares Karen. This experience changed Karen's life. She became more involved and joined The Advocates' Board of Directors. Karen is passionate about engaging our community through events and calls supporters every week to thank them. In January 2022, she will become Chair of the Board. Karen says, "It's a great honor to become the Board Chair for such a great organization. It will be a new and exciting challenge for me. I am looking forward to the opportunity."

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