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Elyssa Koren


Elyssa Koren serves as director of United Nations advocacy in New York City, where she oversees ADF International’s UN Headquarters and Geneva legal teams.

Elyssa Koren serves as director of United Nations advocacy in New York City, where she oversees ADF International’s UN Headquarters and Geneva legal teams.

Koren’s expertise is in international human rights law, with a focus on issues pertaining to the protection of life, parental rights, and freedom of conscience as they relate to state sovereignty and the multilateral system.

Koren provides legal support to UN member state representatives to shape UN documents to protect and affirm the innate dignity of every person. She assists with crafting resolutions and legal arguments for negotiations. She participates annually in the work of the Second and Third committees of the General Assembly, the Commission for Social Development, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Commission on Population and Development, and the sessions of the Human Rights Council. She has also hosted numerous events on human rights and contemporary social issues at the United Nations in conjunction with Member States.

Koren has been published widely in various media outlets, including Newsweek, Daily Signal, and Public Discourse, and regularly partakes in speaking engagements and training seminars on the UN and international human rights law.

Koren obtained a J.D. and a M.A. in international relations at the University of Toronto in 2011. She also earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in history and international development studies at McGill University in 2008. She is admitted to the bar in New York.

In The News

Washington Examiner: UN attempts to exploit COVID-19 to push abortion · Public Discourse:The Role of the United States in the Revitalization of the International Human Rights Project  · National Catholic Register: State Dept. Commission Cites Religious Freedom as ‘Foremost’ Among Rights · The Daily Signal: US Role in Human Rights on World Stage Is Constructive Engagement · The Federalist: Covid-Endangered Women In Poor Countries Need Better Medicine, Not Risky Abortion Drugs · National Review: The United Nations Holds Up COVID-19 Relief over Abortion · Newsweek: Walking the Walk on WHO Withdrawal · The Daily Signal: Soros-Backed Organization Wanted US Foreign Aid to Go to Anti-American Groups. The Supreme Court Was Right to Say No. · News Week: The United States Stands for Life Against the United Nations · News Week: The United Nations is Using Coronavirus Funding to Promote Abortion · The Daily Signal: House Members Are Trying to Undercut Trump’s Pro-Life Policies at the UN · Daily Caller: The UN Is Holding An $8 Million Abortion Summit In Africa · Daily Caller: These 19 Countries Are Standing Against The UN’s Stance On Abortion · The Daily Signal: How the Abortion Debate Displaced Economics on the G-7 Agenda · Public Discourse: The Universal Declaration and the Distortion of Human Rights · The Daily Signal: Western Nations Abandon Consensus to Push Abortion Agenda at UN · The Daily Signal: The UN Redefines What It Means to Be a ‘Human · The Daily Signal: Western Nations Try to Impose Radical ‘Sexuality Education’ at the UN · Public Discourse: The Fight over Abortion in the UN’s New International Development Agenda · Catholic News Agency: UN committee attacks Catholic Church · National Review: Holy See Forges Consensus Around Human Dignity at Rio+20

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