Kerry Kennedy

Chair of the Board,
Speak Truth to Power

Kerry 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 pursuit of 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. She has led over forty human rights delegations across the globe. Ms. Kennedy is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World. Speak Truth, a global education initiative, includes her book, a play, a photographic exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams, a PBS documentary film, an education packet, five public service announcements, an award-winning website and federal legislation which increased federal funding for the protection of defenders. Ms. Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council and serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights First and Inter-Press Service. Ms. Kennedy received high honors from President Lech Walesa of Poland for aiding the Solidarity movement. Ms. Kennedy has served in numerous political campaigns, and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. Her upcoming book, Being Catholic Now: Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning, will be published by Crown Books/ Random House in September 2008.