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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy


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

RFK Human Rights and Discovery Education Launch ‘Speak Truth To Power’ In School Initiative

“Our partnership with Discovery Education will show students that they have a role to play in their classrooms, communities and our country addressing the most urgent issues of the day,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Together we will strengthen the future of global leadership and inspire a new generation of human rights defenders to create a just and peaceful world.”

Kennedy: Sarajevo is a city that knows what happens when hatred reaches peak

"Every country has problems when it comes to respecting human rights, there is no country that does not face these issues, and the fact that one in three women in the world have experienced sexual violence speaks plenty of this problem," said President of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation Kerry Kennedy in Sarajevo today, attending a high-level meeting on "The European Union, the future of the Western Balkans and Human Rights - Tell the truth to the powerful."

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Kerry Kennedy’s Background

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.

Other Business Interests

Feb 2019 - Present
New York, NY, USA is fiscally sponsored by the New World Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. 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.
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.
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Current Non-Executive Positions

Member of the 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.
Member of the 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.


Member of the 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.
Member of the Board of Directors
New York, US
Founded in 2011 in partnership with RFK Human Rights and Aptus Health, Health eVillages originally launched pilots in Kenya, Uganda & Haiti. The impact of Health eVillages was immediately realized as they received initial reports of doctors and nurses using the technology & medical software to make informed life-saving decisions.
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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.
Published in 2008, Being Catholic Now is a New York Times bestseller in which some of America's most extraordinary figures reveal what they believe it is to be Catholic.
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Kerry Kennedy’s Education

Honorary Doctorate of Law
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
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