Helen has traveled to Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Tanzania, Moldova, and Russia and Turkey to conduct trainings and presentations, and carry out human rights fact-finding on the legal system response to violence against women. She has provided consultation on the drafting and implementation of laws on domestic violence in Russia, Uganda and Somalia. Most recently, Helen served as Deputy Director of the Women’s Human Rights Program at The Advocates for Human Rights where she worked on a variety of women’s rights issues, including domestic violence and sex trafficking.
Helen worked for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office for many years, including enforcing the Minnesota Human Rights Act in cases of sexual harassment and sex, race, religious and disability discrimination. She initiated the first sexual harassment class action case in the United States, Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co., on which the movie North Country was based.
Helen received her law degree cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from George Washington University.