Karen Desoto named humanitarian of the year by the City of Bayonne Youth Center, noting her ‘priceless charitable contributions.’
A career attorney, Karen is a professor at the City University of New Jersey, and call be seen on NBC News regularly as their on-air legal analyst. She often offers insights to high profile trials in the news, and demystifies the legalities surrounding those cases, from a prosecutor and defendants point of view.
Named by The Hudson Reporter to their top 50 most influential in Hudson County, Karen is a tiresless activist for equal rights.
Karen Desoto Named Humanitarian of the Year
Receiving the humanitarian of the year award she said “It is overwhelming, and humbling to be recognized like this. And I accept this in the name of all those in the community that work so hard to make our communities better each day.”
Karen earned a Juris Doctorate in Law from Temple University before beginning her legal career; serving as a public defender, prosecutor, and the corporate counsel for the city of Jersey City, New Jersey — the youngest attorney, first woman and Hispanic to do so.
In private practice Karen id a lot of pro-bono work, offering her time, heart, passion and expertise on cases involving employment discrimination, civil rights, criminal defense, and election law.
She devotes much of her free time as a local advocate and humanitarian.
She has been, or is, involved with the Cunningham Foundation, Head Start Program for Jersey City, the Hudson County Hispanic Coalition, the Beth Miriam homeless shelter project and Ray of Hope Foundation for Children, a group focused on aid for terminally ill children and their families.