Helena Minchew joined IWHC in January 2013 and works as a Program Officer in IWHC’s DC office. Lena provides strategic and administrative support for IWHC’s U.S. foreign policy portfolio through working with a number of technical and advocacy coalitions, including as a co-chair of Girls Not Brides USA, and helps to define IWHC’s engagement with Members of Congress and Administration officials. Lena also contributes toward achieving IWHC’s advocacy objectives for sexual and reproductive health and rights at the international level, having represented IWHC at the UN in New York, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Geneva, Switzerland.
Lena has her BA in Psychology and International Communication from Marist College and a Masters in International Human Rights from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, where she acted as Associate Managing Editor for Human Rights and Human Welfare, an online publication dedicated to human rights topics and issues. Lena has also worked internationally in India and Switzerland, and was a Princeton in Asia fellow in Nan, Thailand.