ZAKIYA CARR JOHNSON
Program Associate, US/Latin America Programs
As a Program Associate for the International Human Rights Law Group's Latin America and U.S. Racial Discrimination Programs, Zakiya Carr Johnson acts as a bridge for our work in racial discrimination in the Americas. She joined IHRLG in September 2002. From 1999 to 2002, she worked as International Relations and Youth Advisor at Geledés-Instituto da Mulher Negra, a Brazilian NGO that focuses on Black women, racism and gender issues and human rights in Brazil and abroad. Ms. Carr Johnson currently acts as representative for the Americas in the International Youth Network created at the World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Prior to working with Geledés, Ms. Carr Johnson served as Manager of Bilingual Microenterprise Programs at Start Up, an organization in East Palo Alto, California that trains and supports entrepreneurs in low-income communities. She also worked with the International Labor Organization in Geneva, where she authored an analysis of the United Nation's Development Assistance Framework.
Ms. Carr Johnson is a 2002 candidate for an M.A. in International Relations from Syracuse University with a concentration in issues of race, class and gender in Latin America. She speaks fluent Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish.