Holly J. Burkhalter serves as IJM’s Vice President of Government Relations & Advocacy. Holly leads IJM’s grassroots advocacy program to mobilize people around the country and build support for U.S. policies that will abolish modern-day slavery and other forms of violence against the world’s poorest. She speaks regularly on IJM’s behalf and has testified frequently before Congress.
Before joining IJM, Holly spent nine years serving as the U.S. Policy Director for Physicians for Human Rights and fourteen years as the Advocacy Director and Director of the Washington office for Human Rights Watch. Holly also staffed the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations from 1981 to 1983. From 1977 to 1981, she worked for Representative (now Senator) Tom Harkin, D-IA.
Holly was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the board of the U.S. Institute for Peace, and she served from 2001 to 2008.
She is the author of Good God, Lousy World & Me, the Improbable Journey of a Human Rights Activist from Unbelief to Faith.
Holly graduated from Iowa State University (Phi Beta Kappa). Holly currently resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, John Fitzpatrick and their two daughters.