If you cannot address one woman with integrity, can you run a country with it?

Tara Reade Deserves a Real Response

Statement from Andrea Powell, co-founder, and President, Karana Rising

WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was issued this morning by Andrea Powell, founding Director of Karana Rising, in response to the allegation made by Tara Reade against Vice President Joe Biden. Karana Rising works with survivors of human trafficking nationwide.

We deserve to have a President that does not assault women and who takes such claims seriously because sexual assault is a violent crime. If you cannot address one woman with integrity, can you run a country with it? Tara Reade deserves a real response.

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About Andrea Powell

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. Her leadership was instrumental in the successful campaign to shutter Backpage.com for its role in aiding and abetting child sex-trafficking.

She has a Masters in European Law and Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany, and obtained her bachelor’s degree in geography and international relations at Texas State University where she was awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Powell has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, Washington Post, New York Times, NBC, MSNBC, Thomas Reuters, Huffington Post, and more. She lives in Washington, D.C., and enjoys creating multi-media art and exploring the beauty of the nation’s capital.

Prior to founding Karana Rising and joining UNITAS, Andrea was the founding director of FAIR Girls where she led the opening of the first safe house specifically for survivors of human trafficking in the nation’s capital and led programs in Bosnia, Kenya, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Uganda, and Uzbekistan. Andrea is Karana Rising’s chief liaison to the Department of Justice’s D.C. Anti Trafficking Task Force where she leads efforts in law enforcement training and prevention education outreach to youth across the nation. She is a contributing content developer and the author for the Freedom Fwd campaign, I AM JASMINE STRONG.

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