Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Since 1981, she has worked on diverse human rights issues including child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, women’s rights and the environment. Kennedy founded RFK Compass, which convenes bi annual meetings of institutional investors who collectively control $5-7 trillion in assets to address the impact of human rights violations on investment outcomes.
She is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who are Changing our World (Crown Books/Random House 2008). Speak Truth has grown to include a photography exhibit now travelling on four continents, a play by Broadway playwright Ariel Dorfman which has opened to acclaim in over 20 countries, an award winning website, a PBS documentary film, and a twelve week education and toolkit for action packet now being taught to 1,000,000 students worldwide.
She serves on the boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, and the Kailash Setyarthis Children’s Foundation as well as several public companies. She is the best-selling author of Being Catholic Now, Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning (Random House 2000). A graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School, she has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.
Kerry Kennedy is the mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah and Michaela.