Magazine article Working Mother

Moms with a Mission

Magazine article Working Mother

Moms with a Mission

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Karen Tse, defender of international human rights, arrived for our cover shoot with her sweet 8-monthold son, Nathaniel, in tow. "I want to leave my children a world where torture is unacceptable," she said as she sat down for hair and makeup. "We ended slavery. We abolished apartheid. We can end torture in the twenty-first century." And this woman hadn't even had her first cup of coffee yet.

Karen, an attorney, helps tens of thousands of people each year who are tortured or detained without due process or representation. She and the other amazing women we profile in this issue ("Moms Who Save the World," page 24) are bold activists whose children are central to their crusades.

Katie Redford has brought her two children along when traveling around the globe fighting human rights violations. "If you're an indigenous woman in Burma or the Amazon," Katie says, "children are part of every aspect of your life. That's how my kids have been raised."

And Brenda Rogers's campaign to help the parents of special-education kids navigate bureaucracy was ignited when her own son's rights were trampled on in the California school system. …

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