Kerry Kennedy is the President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. She is the author of The New York Times best seller “Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning,” published by Crown Books/Random House in September 2008, and “Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World,” (Random House, 2000).
Ms. Kennedy started working in the field of human rights in 1981, when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Since then, her life has been devoted to the pursuit of justice, to the promotion and protection of basic rights, and to the preservation of the rule of law. She established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988. She has led over 50 human rights delegations around the globe.
Ms. Kennedy is the founder of Speak Truth To Power, a global education initiative, which includes her book, the play, the photographic exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams, the PBS documentary film, the education packet (a twelve-week course taught to 300,000 high school students around the world in 2009-2010), five public service announcements, the award-winning Web site, and federal legislation which increased funding for the protection of defenders.
Ms. Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council and serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights First, Inter-Press Service and the United States Institute of Peace. She received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement and is the recipient of many other prizes.
Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. She has campaigned in every Presidential election since 1968.
She is the mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah and Michaela.
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Legacy of Robert F. Kennedy
RFK Partners for Human Rights
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RFK Children's Action Corps
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RFK Partners for Human Rights:
RFK Speak Truth To Power:
'Get Your Boot off My Neck'
Kennedys Join CIW in Fast for Fair Food
'To Break the Bonds of Injustice' (IPS)
'Farmworkers, Religious Leaders, Consumers to Hold 6-Day “Fast for Fair Food” Outside Publix Corporate Headquarters' (Businesswire)
'Ugandan Parliament Acts to Legalize Hate Against the LGBTI Community'
Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center, Expresses Grave Concern over Legislating Hatred by the Ugandan Parliament
A Letter from Kerry Kennedy: Mourning the Loss of RFK Human Rights Award Laureate Kim Keun Tae
Video: Kerry Kennedy's Remarks at the 2011 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy at the 2011 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Statement on the Passing of America Sosa by Kerry Kennedy, President of the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights
A Letter to My Daughters upon Returning from Guerrero, Mexico
Victims of BP Oil Spill Still Need Healthcare: A Guest Column by Kerry Kennedy
Defending Human Rights in Mexico
Governor Meets with Representatives of the RFK Center & Abel Barrera
Kerry Kennedy Meets with Fishermen, Oil Spill Clean Up Workers in Mississippi
Gulf Community Tells RFK Center Calls for Medical Help are Ignored
Kerry Kennedy to Lead Delegation to Gulf Coast to Assess Healthcare Crisis since BP Drilling Disaster
Video: Kerry Kennedy Discusses RFK's Legacy, Human Rights Laureate Abel Barrera
SKY TG 24: Kerry Kennedy & Stephen Bradberry Live on the BP Oil Spill
Kerry Kennedy: The Oil Spill is a Humanitarian Catastrophe, BP Should Pay
Op-Ed: Guiding Haiti's Roadmap to Recovery with Human Rights, by Kerry Kennedy & Monika Kalra Varma
Kerry Kennedy Urges Morocco: Allow Return of Illegally Expelled Saharawi Rights Defender Aminatou Haidar
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy: 2009 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy: 2008 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Kerry Kennedy Meets with Dominican Officials, Voices Concerns over Discrimination against Dominicans of Haitian Descent
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy: 2007 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Statement by Kerry Kennedy on the Immokalee Workers-McDonald's Agreement
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy: 2006 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Remarks by Kerry Kennedy: 2002 RFK Human Rights Award Ceremony
Bullying, Leadership and the Presidency of the United States
Kerry Kennedy discusses Bullying on Andrea Mitchell Reports
Kerry Kennedy introduces Speak Truth To Power to a global audience LIVE
Speak Truth To Power: First Memorandum of Understanding Signed
Kerry Kennedy Appears on MSBNC to Discuss Bullying
Kerry Kennedy Discusses Nobel Peace Summit and STTP Chicago
Baltasar Garzon, Champion of Human Rights
'Dalai Lama to Join Nobel Summit in Chicago' (Fox News)
VIDEO: WGNTV Chicago Interviews Kerry Kennedy
'Kerry Kennedy: Bullying is a Human Rights Issue' (NPR)
'Kennedy Battles Bullying' (MSNBC)
'Kerry Kennedy Launches Campaign Against Bullying' (Capital Tonight)
'Kerry Kennedy Introduces Human Rights Lessons to NYC Schoolkids' (Public News Service)
'NYSUT and Kerry Kennedy Target Bullying' (Capital Tonight)
'Kerry Kennedy Speaks to Seven Bridges Students'
RFK Center, NYSUT & UFT launch Bullying Lesson to Speak Truth To Power Curriculum
Interview with Kerry Kennedy: Speak Truth To Power Without Fear (Part 1)
Interview with Kerry Kennedy: Speak Truth To Power Without Fear (Part 2)
Wangari Maathai: A 'Mighty Woman' Who Spoke Truth To Power: A Statement by Kerry Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy Honored for Human Rights Advocacy
Kerry Kennedy Honored for Her Contribution to Public Education
Kerry Kennedy Speaks on Human Rights in Cambodia
RFK Center Brings Speak Truth To Power to Hong Kong
'A Kennedy's Campaign for Human Rights in Asia'
STTP Defenders, Ethel Kennedy and Kerry Kennedy Visit the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn
Kerry Kennedy and Students from the South
Kerry Kennedy at Gutenburg Project in Cantanzaro
Kerry Kennedy in Calabria for Gutenburg Project
The Public Theater in New York City Hosts Speak Truth To Power
Press Conference for the Launch of STTP Projects in Romania
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“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Robert F. Kennedy
Capetown, June 6th 1966