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Washington Director, Laogai Research Foundation
Nicole Kempton currently serves as Washington Director of the Laogai Research Foundation, founded in 1992 by renowned dissident Harry Wu to investigate and document human rights abuses associated with China’s Laogai. In 2008, she oversaw the opening of the Laogai Museum, the first museum in the world exclusively dedicated to human rights in China. Ms. Kempton has studied, lived, and worked in Asia throughout much of the last decade. She has testified in front of Congress, and blogs regularly on human rights in China on the Laogai Research Foundation website, www.laogai.org. Most recently, she is co-editor with Nan Richardson of Laogai: The Machinery of Repression in China, published by Umbrage Editions in 2009. She received her BA in Chinese Language & Literature from Duke University, and her MPhil from the University of Hong Kong where she undertook research on censorship and cultural policy in Hong Kong and China as part of a Fulbright fellowship.