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Kerry Kennedy
Born September 8, 1959 (1959-09-08) (age 50)
Washington, D.C.
Education B.A., Brown University
J.D., Boston College Law School
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrew Cuomo (m. 1990–2003) «start: (1990)–end+1: (2004)»"Marriage: Andrew Cuomo to Kerry Kennedy" Location: (linkback:
Children daughters Cara, Mariah, Michaela.
Parents Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel

Mary Kerry Kennedy (born September 8, 1959) is an American human rights activist and writer. She is the seventh of the eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. She was known as Kerry Kennedy Cuomo from 1991 until 2003.


Personal life

Kennedy was born in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her J.D. from Boston College Law School. Kerry Kennedy is the mother of three children: Cara Ethel Kennedy Cuomo, Mariah Matilda Kennedy Cuomo, and Michaela Andrea Kennedy Cuomo. She is divorced from prominent New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo.[1]


Since 1981, Kennedy has worked as a human rights activist, leading delegations into countries such as El Salvador, Gaza, Haiti, Kenya, Northern Ireland, and South Korea[1] She was also involved in causes in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sudan, and Pakistan.[1] Ello She established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988 and was the Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial until 1995.[1] She is also the chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and has been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The New York Times.[1] She is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award.[2]

Kennedy also travels the country giving speeches and presentations and calling on her audiences to stand up and fight against human rights violations. [3]

Being Catholic Now

Kennedy is the best-selling author of Being Catholic Now, Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning. The book includes essays from prominent Catholics, including Susan Sarandon, Nancy Pelosi, Cokie Roberts, Cardinal McCarrick, Sister Joan Chittester, Tom Monaghan, Bill O’Reilly, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Doug Brinkley and more.

Human Rights Work

Kennedy started working in the field of human rights in 1981 when she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Since then, her life has been devoted to the vindication of equal justice, to the promotion and protection of basic rights, and to the preservation of the rule of law. She established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in 1988 and she has worked on diverse human rights issues such as children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, exposing injustices and educating audiences about women’s issues, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, sexual assault, abuse of prisoners, and more. She has led over 40 human rights delegations across the globe. At a time of diminished idealism and growing cynicism about public service, her life and lectures are testaments to the commitment to the basic values of human rights.

Kennedy is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists including Marian Wright Edelman, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and more. Speak Truth, a global education initiative to aid the fight for international human rights, grew from her book exploring the quality of courage through the words of leading human rights defenders around the world to the moving and inspiring play by esteemed Chilean poet and Broadway playwright Ariel Dorfman, the stirring photographic exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams, a PBS documentary film, an education packet, five public service announcements on national television, an award-winning website, and federal legislation which increased federal funding for the protection of human rights. The book has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Spanish and Italian.

Kennedy produced the premiere of the play at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has since produced the play to acclaim 25 times in 9 countries and 5 languages, including Athens, Barcelona, Doha, Geneva, Helsinki, London, Madrid, and Rome, Sydney Cape Town, Johannesburg and beyond. The website has attracted over four million viewers, reading, learning, taking action.

Kennedy served a Executive Director and on the Board of Directors of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization that addresses the problems of social justice. She ran three programs: The National Juvenile Justice Project, which helped municipalities create more effective and less costly programs for dealing with young offenders; The RFK Journalism and RFK Book Awards, known as the “poor people’s Pulitzers”, which recognize those authors who prod our conscience and expose the problems of the dispossessed; and the RFK Center for Human Rights, which she founded in 1988.

Kennedy established the RFK Center for Human Rights to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. The Center provides an on going base of support to leading human rights defenders around the world. The Center uncovers and publicizes abuses such as torture, disappearances, repression of free speech and child labor; urges Congress and the U.S. administration to highlight human rights in foreign policy, supplies activists with the resources they need to advance their work and creates other programs to advance respect for human rights.

Kennedy has appeared numerous times on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS as well as on networks in countries around the world, and her commentaries and articles have been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, L’Unita, The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Pagina12, TV Guide and the Yale Journal of International Law. As a special correspondent for the environmental magazine television program, “Network Earth”, she reported on human rights and the environment. She interviewed human rights leaders for Voice of America.

Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council. Nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, as well as Human Rights First, and Inter- Press Service (Rome, Italy). She is a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust (Northern Ireland) and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She is on the Advisory Committee for the International Campaign for Tibet, the Committee on the Administration of Justice of Northern Ireland, the Global Youth Action Network, Studies without Borders and several other organizations. She serves on the leadership council of the Amnesty International Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and on the Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Institute.

Kennedy received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. She has received awards from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for leadership in abolishing the death penalty, and the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region, the Emerald Isle Immigration Society, and the Institute for the Italian American experience three I’s award for outstanding efforts and achievements for human rights. She was named Woman of the Year 2001 by Save the Children, received the Crossing Boarders Award from the Feminist press in 2003, Humanitarian of the Year Award from the South Asian Media Awards Foundation, the Prima Donna Award from Montalcino Vineyards, and other awards and honors in 2008 she received the Eleanor Rooosevelt Medal of Honor and the Thomas Moore Award from Boston College Law School.

Kennedy has served in numerous political campaigns, and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. Kerry Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Le Moyne College and University of San Francisco Law School and an honorary doctorate of Human Letters from Bay Path College.

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