MS. KATHERINE HUGHES-FRAITEKH


Deputy Board Chair (Peace building, social justice)


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Ms. Hughes-Fraitekh is an expert on peace building, social justice movements and nonviolent action. She trains, convenes, and researches in solidarity with hundreds of grassroots activists and nonviolent campaigns and movements struggling for democratization, women’s rights, racial justice, indigenous and land rights, livelihood rights, environmental justice, self-determination and immigrant rights.

Over the last 10 years, she has traveled to 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe, Latin America and North America invited by organizers and activists, to provide training and education, strategic planning, capacity building and funding for social justice movements.

Katherine was a 2020 Rotary Peace Fellow at the Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Upon return, she co-founded Solidarity 2020 and Beyond, an international network of grassroots activists, journalists and scholars supporting grassroots activists and nonviolent movements for change.

Ms. Hughes-Fraitekh serves as Managing Director of HFMC International which provides expertise on social justice movements, peacebuilding and nonviolent action for the Global Fund for Women, the EU Peace Initiative in Palestine/Israel, Afghanistan Women in the Peace Process (Musharikat) and Afrika Youth Movement/Afresist with Action Aid. Ms. Hughes-Fraitekh is Co-Founder and Co-Coordinator of the Sukat Group, Inc. a non-profit supporting entrepreneurs and humanitarian projects based in Ramallah, Palestine.

She is currently on the board of the Free Laos Campaign and Development Associates for Young Africans-Kenya.

Katherine also served as a faculty member for classes on strategic nonviolent action at the Fletcher Summer Institute, Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative at the University of Denver, Rutgers University, Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, HEKIMA, Institute for International Relations in Nairobi, Kenya and Foreman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan.

She also engaged with foundations and human rights funders in the Human Rights Funders group, the Peace & Security Funders Group and the Edge Initiative providing research and education supporting models for movement-centered funding.

As Executive Director of Peace Brigades International-USA, Katherine lead the US division of this INGO which protects at-risk human rights defenders in regions of conflict through “protective accompaniment”. She was responsible for board management and recruitment, program management, financial oversight and fundraising. She founded the National Lawyer’s Committee on Human Rights Defenders and the Human Rights Defenders in Exile committee which provided legal expertise and solidarity to human rights defenders in the field.

She served on the International Coordinating Council (the international management body), the International Fundraising Committee and the International Advocacy Committee. She managed and led multiple speaking tours for HRDs, US government advocacy initiatives, and visited PBI teams and HRDs in Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Ms. Hughes-Fraitekh previously served as Founder and Director at the Commission on the Status of Women’s Team Works program working with domestic violence survivors and victims, as a Workforce Expert on the National One-Stop Panel of Experts at US Department of Labor, and Executive Director of the Human Needs Coordinating Council and the New Mexico State Workforce Board. She has extensive research, writing, public policy and advocacy experience as a Staff Member of the US Congress, National Education Association, National League of Cities, and National Council on US Arab Affairs.

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