Karina holds a Law degree with a specialization in Human Rights and International Law. She studied International Human Rights at UC Berkeley. She received a full scholarship by the Rotary Foundation to obtain her MA in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work as an English teacher at Cultura Inglesa (sponsored by the British Council) involved preparing students for the International Legal English Certificate issued by the University of Cambridge as well as discussing human rights in Brazil. While working at Viver NGO, a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, she implemented the scholarship program and the bone marrow donation campaign. She interned for UNICEF in Geneva and for the International Center in Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) in Alexandria, VA. She also worked as a researcher for the Research Triangle Institute, supporting literacy education projects in developing countries and as a research assistant for a human rights professor at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University focusing on the Arab Spring and the Alien Torts Claims Act. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation, policy analysis, research, and management skills. Karina has a strong passion for child rights.

Host Organization: U.S. Fund for UNICEF