Karen Robinson has over 25 years of experience in human rights education, community and youth development, and community organizing. In her role as Senior Education and Training Manager for Speak Truth To Power, RFK Human Rights’s education program, Robinson serves as chief adviser for all human rights education-related activity.
Robinson started her career in the field of community engagement and youth development at The American University where she helped start what was then the Center for Volunteerism and Community Service. While at American University, Robinson initiated service-learning programs, linking classroom learning with direct service projects throughout Washington, D.C. She also started the Freshman Service Experience. The program involved academic departments, community partner,s and returning students to guide first year students in thoughtful learning, direct community service, and reflection activities – all prior to the start of their university experience.
Robinson then moved to Amnesty International, USA where she served as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Deputy Director and then the Director of the Human Rights Education program. In that capacity, Robinson served six years as the Chair of the International Human Rights Education Coordinating Committee for Amnesty International globally.
Robinson's relationship with RFK Speak Truth to Power started soon after she took on the position of Director of Human Rights Education during the earliest stages of the project’s history. Robinson led the creation of the first RFK Speak Truth to Power education packet, which was distributed to 1000s of schools in the U.S. and internationally. Robinson has conducted numerous trainings and professional development sessions at educational conferences, within school districts and at educational meetings, in the U.S. and internationally.
If you're a teacher interested in learning more about the program, contact Robinson to discuss a 'Teach Truth To Power' training.