Kerry Kennedy is president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For more than thirty-five years, Kerry has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. She is the author of two books, Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World and New York Times Bestseller Being Catholic Now.
Kerry serves on the boards of the United States Institute of Peace, and HealthEVillages. She serves on advisory committees on organizations concerned with Native Americans, Northern Ireland, the Underground Railroad, stopping torture, Myanmar, and many more. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor, and received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. Her work has also been recognized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region, the New York City Council, and Save the Children. The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and other major newspapers, blogs, and every major news network has published her work or invited her to share her expertise.
Kerry is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She holds honorary doctorates of law from Le Moyne College and University of San Francisco Law School, and honorary doctorates of Humane Letters from Bay Path College, the Albany College of Pharmacy, and New Caledonia University. She is the mother of three daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela.