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Karin Ryan

Senior Advisor for Human Rights, Representative on Women and Girls, Carter Center


Karin Ryan is the Senior Advisor for Human Rights and Special Representative on Women and Girls at The Carter Center. She has served in various capacities at the Center since 1988, advising President and Mrs. Carter on human rights issues and assisting them with efforts on behalf of victims of human rights violations. Ms. Ryan has represented the Center in negotiations at the United Nations addressing the human rights of women, human rights defenders and establishment of the International Criminal Court and Human Rights Council. Ryan has convened The Carter Center's Annual Human Rights Defenders Forum since 2003, where courageous and effective activists and leaders from around the world gather to examine pressing challenges for the human rights movement. Mr. Ryan holds Bachelor's degrees in Political Science from Emory University and in Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Regional Focus

Middle East and North Africa, North America, West and Central Africa