Kelly Bienhoff is Program Associate for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, which forges coalitions among medical, legal, and law enforcement experts to support and bolster accountability for sexual violence and builds capacity for prosecutions in Central and East Africa.
Kelly oversees research and curriculum development for PHR’s forensic training workshops and she provides logistical and administrative programmatic support. She also helps support the Persecution of Health Workers program, and is based in PHR’s Cambridge office.
Kelly’s interest in the field of human rights began with her early involvement with Children for Peace in Northern Ireland, a Kansas City-based non-profit encouraging constructive dialogue among Northern Irish youth. She studied Political Science, Spanish, and International Studies at Saint Louis University and during her undergraduate studies she interned at the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute in Washington DC.
Kelly received a Masters in International Human Rights from the University of Denver (DU), where she focused her studies on Global Health and International Law. Through DU, she studied at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and interned at the Madaa Silwan Creative Center in East Jerusalem where she led recreational activities for children and youth. Kelly’s experiences in Jerusalem furthered her interest in international law and helped cement her desire to work for a human rights organization.
Prior to joining PHR, Kelly worked for the National Park Service as a Contracting Office assistant and volunteered for the DU Sustainable International Development Institute as Program Director.
As PHR Program Associate, Kelly is energized by interacting daily with professionals from the medical, legal and law enforcement sectors who investigate and document human rights violations. Kelly joined PHR in 2011.
Blog Posts by Kelly Bienhoff
- International Women's Day: Advancement of Women Survivors of Sexual Violence (March 8, 2012)
- World AIDS Day: Call for Alaeis' Unconditional Release (December 2, 2010)