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Kerry Kennedy’s 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 numerous 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’s Newsfeed

Markets Insider
Vice President Kamala Harris to Give Keynote Address at 2021 Ripple of Hope Award Ceremony

As the first woman of color to serve as vice president, Kamala Harris has broken barriers and served as a leading voice on the impact of race on health care, access to voting, and the criminal legal system. She represents the work that the RFK Foundation does to build a more just, equitable and free society.

RFK Human Rights
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Names Stacey Abrams, José E. Feliciano, Deven Parekh, and ...

...Hans Vestberg as its 2021 Ripple of Hope Award Laureates. For 53 years, the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award has honored exemplary leaders who have taken a bold stand for justice and human rights. “We need the decisive, moral leadership of people like our 2021 Ripple of Hope Award laureates to uplift the voices of the marginalized and dismantle the oppressive structural causes of injustice and inequality across all arenas,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

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Kerry’s Background

RFK / Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
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 and corporations.

Kerry’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Human Rights First
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.
Inter Press Service
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 Board Positions

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


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.
United States Institute of Peace
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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The Struggle for Black Lives: A Conversation with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
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.
Women on the Move
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 activist, how RFK Human Rights raises awareness and provides solutions for global human rights issues, and education initiatives it supports.
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State of Massachusetts
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.
District of Columbia
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.


Robert F. Kennedy Ripples of Hope
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.
"How to honor civil rights leaders"
Contributing Writer
Aug 2020
In this piece for The Hill, Kerry Kennedy outlines the need for a range of changes to policies steeped in systemic racism. From aggressive police tactics to mass incarceration and the cash bail system to widespread poverty, urgent changes are needed in the fight for equality and a more just future.
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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 & Endorsements

World Vision
Human Rights Award
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
The Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
Medal of Honor
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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Speaking Engagements

RFK Compass Investor Virtual Summit
Kerry Kennedy, President of RFK Human Rights, served as the moderator for multiple Fireside Chats at the Fall RFK Human Rights Virtual Investor Summit. The RFK Compass program discusses new approaches to investing, enlisting the private sector’s influence in the cause of human rights, good governance, and justice.
A conversation with Kerry Kennedy
Featured Speaker
Nov 2020
The IBA 2020 – Virtually Together Conference provides an exciting new way to bring the IBA and the world’s legal community together in a spirit of shared purpose. The event will offer a substantive and interactive programme filled with creative professional and social networking opportunities.
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Charitable Interests

Giving Tuesday Campaign
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’s Education

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
Bay Path University
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters
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