Karen Camacho is an Organizing and Community Engagement Fellow at the ACLU of Northern California, where she focuses on implementing California’s comprehensive sexual health education law, ensuring that district attorneys are held accountable, and supporting policy advocacy and community engagement around reproductive rights and criminal justice reform. Karen joined the ACLU of Northern California as a John Gardner Fellow in 2017.
Prior to joining the ACLU, Karen worked as an educator, mentor, and academic coach in various mid-Peninsula schools. She also spent time volunteering as an interpreter at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) in her hometown of East Palo Alto.
Karen received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. During her time at Stanford, Karen studied in Washington, D.C, where she interned at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and in Madrid, Spain. Karen also worked as a research assistant for Dr. Ana Raquel Minian of Stanford’s history department, assisting in the transcription and analysis of oral history interviews of Mexican immigrants. She also assisted in completing the book manuscript, “Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration.”
Karen gained much of her advocacy experience organizing around Latinx rights in Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA) de Stanford and advocating, alongside Buena Vista Mobile Home Park residents, for individuals facing eviction from the community she still calls home. Karen was awarded the Marion Brummell Kenworthy Award for Student Innovation in Public Service, the Cecilia and Tony Burciaga Community Development Award, and the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship for her dedication to public service.
In her free time, Karen enjoys reading books about economic and social justice, organizing around housing issues, going on gastronomic adventures, and spending time with her family.