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Karen Korematsu

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education

Karen Korematsu co-founded the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education at the Asian Law Caucus (KI) in San Francisco in 2009, where she is currently Executive Director. KI—which advances civil and human rights through education—develops and distributes around the country free curriculum about Fred Korematsu’s story, the Japanese American incarceration, Asian American history, and current civil rights issues. Her most notable accomplishment was working with California Assembly member Warren Furutani to establish the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution in the state of California on January 30 in perpetuity. In carrying on her father’s legacy as a civil rights advocate, Korematsu has spoken at educational institutions and organizations around the country. Most recently, in 2012 she signed onto the amicus brief for Hedges v. Obama, challenging the potential infringements on constitutional rights violations of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Ms. Korematsu is a key member of the Asian Law Caucus Board of Directors, the National Advisory Board of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law, and the Fred T. Korematsu Professor of Law and Social Justice at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She also sits on the National Board of Directors for the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 6

Hirabayashi, Korematsu, and Yasui: Family Perspectives [AUDIO]
Lorraine K. Bannai, Professor of Legal Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University
Jay Hirabayashi, Executive Director, Kokoro Dance
Karen Korematsu, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education
Holly Yasui, CEDESA Centro de Desarrollo Agropecuario / Center for Agricultural Development


Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Redwood A & B
Topic: Speaking Up