Human Rights Award
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 by his eldest child, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, to honor courageous and innovative individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Each year, the RFK Center awards an individual whose courageous activism is at the heart of the human rights movement and in the spirit of Robert F. Kennedy's vision and legacy. The Human Rights Award Laureates have made significant contributions to their countries through years of dedicated work. Laureates are chosen through an exhaustive annual nomination and selection process with nominations submitted from all over the world. The RFK Center offers not only a monetary contribution to their cause, but also forges strategic partnerships with the recipients of the Award.
The RFK Human Rights Award celebrated 30 years of honoring human rights defenders in 2013 with a ceremony at the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Building on D.C.’s Capitol Hill. Watch this video to learn more about the award's impact over the past 30 years, and how partnerships with human rights defenders will continue to grow.
Click here for information on how to submit a nomination for the RFK Human Rights Award.