Founding President, Karana Rising
Andrea Powell is the founding President of Karana Rising, a nonprofit and social enterprise venture headquartered in Washington D.C. that supports youth survivors of human trafficking in reaching their fullest potential as individuals and young professionals. Ms. Powell is Karana Rising’s chief liaison to the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force where she co-chairs the training and outreach committee.
Prior to founding Karana Rising, Andrea was the founding executive director of FAIR Girls, a nonprofit that serves young women survivors of human trafficking. In 2014, Andrea led the FAIR Girls’ team to create and open the only safe home for young survivors of human trafficking in the nation’s capital area. Andrea has led crisis response teams where she assisted law enforcement and other frontline responders in finding and recovering survivors of human trafficking who were later offered safety and supportive services. Additionally, she developed and led trainings for local and federal frontline responders, including the FBI, child welfare agencies, schools, and U.S. Marshalls, on how to best identify and serve survivors of human trafficking. In 2008, Andrea was the co-investigator for a Department of Justice funded study on the pathways of American youth into sex trafficking.
She received her Masters of European Union Law at the Center for European Integration Studies from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany and Bachelor of Arts and Science in International Relations and Geography from Texas State University. Andrea’s writing has been published in the New York Times, CNN, PBS, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, MSNBC, NBC THINX, Thompson Reuters, FAIR Observer, and the Washington Post. She also sits on the board of Unitas and is a private consultant for Freedom Fwd and Just Ask Prevention.