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[Karen Andre]

Karen Andre, Esq.
Karen Andre is an attorney and community activist living in Miami. A native of New York City, she is a graduate of North Miami Beach Senior H.S. and Florida International University where she received a full academic scholarship. At FIU she was named an Outstanding Black Achiever, nominated for Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, served as historian, Vice-President and President of the Black Student Union. As a student activist, Ms. Andre also galvanized her classmates to attend rallies protesting the FDA when they labeled Haitians as AIDS carriers.

Ms. Andre’s activism continued in law school when she served as President of the Caribbean Students Association and organized law students to raise awareness of Haitians fleeing political oppression in the late nineties. After earning her law degree from the University of Miami, she worked in several law firms and non-profits specializing in immigration law. In her spare time she and several other Haitian lawyers and activists lobbied Congress to secure the passage of the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) in 1998.

In 2002, Ms. Andre entered the political arena and was the first Haitian-American to work in the Florida Senate as the legislative aide to State Senator Frederica Wilson. Later she served as a Community Outreach Coordinator for U.S. Congressman Peter Deutch.

Most recently Ms. Andre served as Political Director for SEIU Florida Healthcare Union, where she lobbied in Tallahassee for better working conditions for healthcare workers. She worked on the team that helped pass legislation improving the lives of over 50,000 Certified Nursing Assistants throughout Florida.

In August 2007, Ms. Andre opened her law firm with emphasis in Immigration, Family and Real Estate law. Ms. Andre hosts a weekly segment on Tele Lakay TV in West Palm Beach called Dwa ak Devwa and is a frequent commentator on Haitian radio and television in Miami. In her spare time she enjoys public speaking, doing community service, reading, dancing, exercise, political discourse and mentoring youth.

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