Voices Against Indifference Initiative

The Kerry Kennedy Cuomo Project: For Women & Children

September 2000 – February 2001


Kerry Kennedy Cuomo first began working in the field of human rights in 1981, as an intern at Amnesty International, when she investigated abuses by US immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador. Inspired by her internship and her father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, she has spent the past twenty years dedicating her life to the advancement of human rights.

In 1988, Ms. Kennedy Cuomo established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, an organization devoted to social justice working to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights. As the leader of over 40 delegations to over 30 countries, she has worked on diverse human rights issues such as child labor, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, the environment and women’s rights.

With her recent book Speak Truth to Power, Ms. Kennedy Cuomo shares the stories of 51 human rights defenders from around the world, poignantly illustrating her continued commitment to advancing the causes of humanity through education.