Kat Graham’s international background and celebrity status has afforded her a unique access to, and perspective on, the rest of the world. Witnessing first-hand through her travels some of the global inequalities that can cause human suffering, Graham has made it a priority to leverage her status to fight for those less fortunate.
As a strong advocate for human rights in general, Graham is particularly passionate about the plight of refugees worldwide. This passion has grown in recent years as the situation for refugees has worsened: an unprecedented 70 million women, men and children have been displaced worldwide due to war, violence and persecution.
In 2013, Graham became a High-Profile Supporter of UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees). Since then, Graham has traveled with the UN Refugee Agency to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the Melkadida refugee camp in Ethiopia, as well as to Central America to raise awareness about the millions of people displaced in these regions who are in search of a better life.
Recently, Graham has become a Goodwill Ambassador for Rotary International, an organization dedicated to making the world a better place through volunteer service. Rotary and its clubs are addressing the global refugee crisis with service projects that bring water and health care to refugee camps, raise funds for families to relocate to safer countries, and sponsor refugee families as they integrate into their communities. Graham was a speaker at the 2018 Rotary Peace Building Summit in Toronto, Canada. In March 2019, she travelled with Rotary to the Nakivale refugee settlement in Uganda to support a series of local economic development projects.
In addition to her work with refugees, Graham is a fervent advocate for human rights. She is a council member for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), as well as a supporter of The Water Project. In 2016, she became the international Goodwill Ambassador for Empower54. Her PSA short film for Black Lives Matter earned an Emmy nomination for best PSA short.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.
What’s Rotary International?
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe. Their 35,000+ clubs work together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies.
"At Risk Youth" is a Public Service Announcement for the Black Lives Matter movement, produced by actress/activist/music artist Kat Graham and directed by Darren Genet. The concept was the brainchild of J. Walter Thompson's Creative Director Vann Graves, the most successful African American ad agency executive in the country.
Genet, Graham and Graves worked together to produce this narrative PSA that speaks to these ongoing issues in an emotionally powerful context, capturing real people (such as legendary civil rights activist Reverend Warnock), to portray the devastating impact that can result when seemingly innocent choices collide with impulsive, racially-charged reactionary violence.
The result of this collaboration addresses in a very personal and compelling way the issues of fear and frustration and the toll it takes on both the black community and the institution of policing in America.
Every single murder that happens where these officers are exonerated and there's no justice served, I felt gutted.