Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Coordinator
As the RFK Human Rights Award Coordinator, Lydia Allen conducts research on the nominees for the Human Rights Award and provides coordination and logistical support in preparation for the Award Ceremony.
Ms. Allen previously worked as an associate at a human rights organization working to protect and promote human rights and democracy in Iran. Prior to that, she worked at the Academy for Educational Development providing support for domestic and international public health programs. Additionally, Ms. Allen served as an intern at the United States Agency for International Development and Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.
Ms. Allen received a dual B.A. degree in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Virginia and a M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. At Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, Ms. Allen co-authored an evaluation of the United Nations Population Fund's response to the floods in Nepal with respect to reproductive health services.
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“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy