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Ms. Kelly Razzouk

International Rescue Committee

Ms. Kelly Razzouk, Esq. is the Director for Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue Committee and represents the organization at the United Nations in New York. She previously served as the Senior Policy Advisor to Ambassador Samantha Power at the United States Mission to the United Nations (USUN). She led the Ambassador’s political prisoner advocacy, including the successful “free the 20” campaign seeking the release of women political prisoners around the world. She also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Ambassador Susan Rice in New York as well as the Ambassador’s liaison to Congress in her Washington, D.C. office. During her time at USUN, she was the lead United States negotiator for human rights and humanitarian resolutions focused on Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Myanmar. She served as the first expert representative of the United States to the UN’s LGBTI Core Group and organized the first head of state UN meeting, and the first UN Security Council session, to focus on respecting the human rights of LGBTI individuals. She served as the Chairperson for negotiations on a UN resolution focused on fair and democratic elections around the world. Ms. Razzouk also worked at the United States Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor where she focused on human rights issues in the Middle East. She also worked in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, covering UN and human rights, and at the United States Embassy in Amman, Jordan. She is the recipient of three State Department Superior Honor awards. She is a member of the Illinois bar and a graduate of DePaul University College of Law where she was a Sullivan Human Rights Fellow and a member of the DePaul Law Review.