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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

Biography

Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Kerry is devoted to the pursuit of equal justice, the protection and promotion of basic rights and the preservation of the rule of law.

RFK Human Rights partners with the bravest people on Earth to create lasting change and supports them with training and litigation. Through its innovative curriculum, Speak Truth to Power, it brings human rights to students in the classroom and engages the financial community regarding sustainable investing.

Kerry’s tireless work helping others has included serving as Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, Health eVillages and Inter-Press Service in Italy. She is a Patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. Kerry advises a great many other organizations including AAIA, Campaign for Tibet & the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Kerry is the author of ‘Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our Work’, New York Times Best Seller ‘Being Catholic Now’ and her most recent publication, ‘Robert F. Kennedy Ripples of Hope’. She is a regular speaker at human rights events and contributor to the major networks such as CNN and NBC.

Ms. Kennedy received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. She has received a myriad of awards from institutions including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region.

A graduate of Brown University and Boston Law School, she is a Member of the Bar of both Massachusetts and District of Columbia and holds numerous Honorary Doctorates.

Kerry Kennedy’s Newsfeed

Blythe Danner, Joy Behar, Catherine Curtin and More Join Andromeda's Sisters Arts and Advocacy Forum

The second portion of the September 3 event will feature Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, as she speaks about the organization's tireless work pursuing equality and social justice at home and around the world.

RFK Human Rights & Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Commit $1 Million Towards...

“Predatory cash bail is part and parcel of the institutionalized anti-Black racism that has plagued our country,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “This $1 million commitment from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp will empower community-led bail funds and accelerate their crucial work freeing people caged in our local jails, but our funding alone will never be enough. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ team of lawyers and advocates will work with local organizers to stop the aggressive policing and endless cycle of mass incarceration that have targeted poor and Black communities and move to end cash bail now.”

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Kerry Kennedy’s Background

President
New York, US
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968, working alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments & corporations.

Current Non-Executive Positions

Board of Directors
New York, US
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy & action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. They believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights.
Board of Directors
Rome, IT
Originally founded in 1964, to fill the information gap between Latin America and Europe, the Inter Press Service (IPS) is the world’s leading news agency on issues such as environment, development, human rights and civil society.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

Chair, USA Leadership Council
New York, US
Amnesty International is the world's leading human rights organisation, campaigning against injustice & inequality worldwide.

Philanthropy

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SDGUSA
Chair
May 2017 - Present
New York, NY, USA
SDG USA is a non-profit organization that supports America’s Goals for 2030. America’s Goals call for good jobs for all, healthcare for all, investing in America’s children, putting people’s interests over special interests, ensuring equal opportunity for all, providing sustainable infrastructure, and ensuring a clean and safe environment.
Board of Directors
New York, US
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent national institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the ideal that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical & essential for US & global security.
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Media

Panel
Jun 2020
New York, NY, USA
Kerry Kennedy, President of RFK Human Rights, Wade McMullen, Senior Vice President, Programs and Legal Strategy, and Sancia Dalley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, discuss Bobby Kennedy's legacy, the urgent work to topple systemic injustice in the criminal justice system, and the work being done to shift investor perspectives and actions to create a a more just economy and society.
Interview
Apr 2020
New York, NY, USA
Women On The Move is a global initiative designed to empower female employees, clients, and consumers to build their careers, grow their businesses, and improve their financial health. In this interview, Kerry shares her experiences as a human rights activists, how RFK Human Rights raises awareness and provides solutions for global human rights issues, and education initiatives it supports.
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Accreditation

Member of the Bar
Boston, MA, USA
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners (BBE) is established by G.L. c. 221 §§35 & 36 to evaluate the qualifications of persons seeking admission to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Member of the Bar
Washington, DC, USA
The D.C. Bar aims to enhance access to justice, improve the legal system, and empower lawyers to achieve excellence.

Publications

Writer
Jul 2020
In this article for Time, Kerry Kennedy discusses the history of capital punishment in the U.S. and places the ethical and moral discussion on it in the context of the current environment and the myriad issues the country is facing.
Author
In this book, published in 2018, Kerry shares personal remembrances of her father. Through conversations with politicians, media personalities, leaders & celebrities, she explores the influence that he continues to have on issues at the heart of America's identity.
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Memberships

Member
Feb 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Sankofa org is fiscally sponsored by the New World Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Sankofa org addresses injustice and creates change at multiple levels. In support of our grassroots partners, we enlist artists, performers, and prominent individuals to deliver messages of moral and political consequence.

Awards

Human Rights Award
2009
Monrovia, US
World Vision is a global Christian, humanitarian organization that partners with children, families & their communities to ensure they reach their full potential. World Vision acts to tackle the causes of poverty & injustice
Medal of Honor
2008
New York, US
The Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor is given to a few extraordinary individuals whose far-reaching influence has made the world a better place.
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Charitable Interests

Supporter
New York, NY, USA
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of generosity, social media, and collaboration. Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season and encourages the public to support philanthropic organizations.

Kerry Kennedy’s Education

Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
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