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Katrina Lantos Swett


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Tufts University
Dept. of Political Science
Packard Hall
Medford, MA 02155

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Expertise
International Relations

Education
Ph.D., University of Southern Denmark, 2006

Biography
Katrina Lantos Swett, Ph.D, currently serves as Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). In March of 2012, she was appointed to USCIRF by Senator Harry Reid and Six months later was elected to serve as Chair. She served as Vice Chair for one year and in 2014 she was once again elected as Chair. Dr. Lantos Swett is the President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, a human rights organization which she established in 2008 to carry on the work of her father, the late Congressman Tom Lantos. In addition she has taught Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy at Tufts University, a subject she also taught at the University of Southern Denmark during her husband's tenure as US Ambassador to Denmark. While living in Copenhagen, Katrina led a successful advocacy effort to convince the Danish government to take action against illicit trafficking of women and children through Denmark.

Katrina's first job after law school was as a Legislative Assistant and later, Deputy Counsel to the Criminal Justice sub-Committee of the Senate Judiciary Committee under then Senator Joe Biden. She currently serves on the Board of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the International Advisory Board of UN Watch, the Budapest based Tom Lantos Institute, the Advisory Board of the annual Anne Frank award & lecture, the US Global Leadership Coalition's New Hampshire Advisory Board, and the Advisory Board of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy.

Lantos-Swett graduated from Yale University with a degree in Political Science. She received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and later earned a PhD in history at The University of Southern Denmark.