Kerry Kennedy has been working in the field of international human rights since 1981. Currently working as a radio correspondent interviewing human rights leaders for Voice of America, Ms. Kennedy has lectured about human rights throughout the United States and has led human rights delegations to many locations around the world. She stands as living proof of the message she promotes through her lectures: no matter how daunting a problem may seem, one person can make a difference.
Ms. Kennedy is the President of The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, founded to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. The Center provided an ongoing base of support to leading human rights activists around the world. The activists established priorities, and the Center responded with assistance. The Center uncovered and publicized human rights abuses; urged Congress and the administration to highlight human rights in foreign relations; supplied activists at risk with the human and political support they needed to advance their work; and created other programs to advance respect for human rights.
She is Co-Chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award. She serves on the boards of many foundations and committees, including the African American Institute, the Campaign for Human Development, the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights, the National Center for Learning Disabilities and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial. She is also on the Advisory Committee for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Democracy for China Fund, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Massachusetts and D.C. bars, and the American, Massachusetts and D.C. Bar Associations.