Fred Korematsu Institute


Karen Korematsu


San Francisco, CA

he Fred T. Korematsu Institute educates to advance racial equity, social justice, and human rights for all.
The Korematsu Institute (KI) promotes the importance of remembering one of the most blatant forms of racial profiling in U.S. history, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, by bridging the Fred Korematsu story with various topics in history including other civil rights heroes and movements, World War II, the Constitution, global human rights and Asian American history. The Institute makes connections to present-day civil rights discrimination and political scapegoating such as mass incarceration, anti-immigrant sentiment, and Islamaphobia. We work toward building solidarity and partnerships with other groups and organizations to accomplish our mission.

In 2009 the Fred T. Korematsu Institute was founded to honor Fred Korematsu’s legacy. It originally was a local community and education program, and our vision changed in 2010 as a result of Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution being established in California. We have become a national
organization that inspires others through the Fred Korematsu story.