Kristen (Kris) Genovese specialises in supporting communities and workers who are seeking remedy for corporate-related human rights abuses through non-judicial grievance mechanisms. Since 2007, Kris has worked with sugarcane workers in Nicaragua affected by chronic kidney disease to help determine the cause of the epidemic and to obtain improved health and social services. She has also worked with mining-affected communities in Colombia, Guatemala and Bolivia.
Prior to joining SOMO in 2014, Kris was the director of the People, Land, and Resources Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and international counsel at Defenders of Wildlife, where she led a campaign to improve environmental protections in the US-Peru Free Trade Agreement.
Kris received her law degree from New York University School of Law in 2004. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment.