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Human Rights Award

Thank you for your interest in the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. We are now accepting nominations for the 2015 award. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 6. To nominate someone for the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award, please click here.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 by his eldest child, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, to honor courageous individuals striving for social justice throughout the world. Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights recognizes 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. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 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. 


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