As Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, Karen is a one of Congress's most prominent advocates for human rights across the world. From her time working as a community organizer in Los Angeles to her work now in Congress, Karen has fought tirelessly to uphold the ideals laid out in our nation’s Declaration of Independence that all people are equal. Today, she continues to use the ideals laid out in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights that “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
In 2014, Karen was the first member of Congress to speak out against horrific kidnapping of over 200 school-aged girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram. In response to this violence Karen introduced a resolution condemning the attacks on these young girls.
Karen has repeatedly said that children's rights are human rights and attacking young girls--especially at their schools--is strictly prohibited under international law and cannot be justified under any circumstances.