Karen Korematsu is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late civil rights icon, Fred Korematsu. Since her father’s passing in 2005, Ms. Korematsu has carried on his legacy as a public speaker, educator, and civil rights advocate. She shares her father’s passion for social justice and education, and in 2009 established the Fred T. Korematsu Institute to advance racial equality, social justice, and human rights for all. The Institute’s work has expanded from K-12 civic education to promoting public civic engagement and participation. Her work extends to advocating civil liberties for all communities and addresses current issues that draw upon lessons of the past. In 2015, Dr. Korematsu as inducted as the first non-lawyer member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. In 2019, she received the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Community Leadership Award, and her first honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Michael’s College, Burlington, Vermont.