The Hope and Human Rights
Speak Truth To Power, a project of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, is a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. Issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation.
"While the names of our sports stars and screen idols - our cultural heroes - are known to us all, across the world champions of moral courage, the Martin Luther Kings of their countries, are not widely recognized. "
- Kerry Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy’s 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 has led over 50 human rights delegations across the globe. She is the founder of Speak Truth to Power, a global education initiative, which includes her book, the play, the photographic exhibition, the PBS documentary, the education packet, five public service announcements, the award-winning website and federal legislation which increased funding for the protection of defenders. In 2010 she founded RFK Compass, which convenes leaders in the financial industry to consider the impact of human rights violations, environmental degradation and corruption on investment outcomes. Ms. Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.
Speak Truth to Power presents an inspiring rainbow of heroes from more than thirty-five countries and five continents. In searing and uplifting interviews, veteran human rights defender Kerry Kennedy Cuomo examines the quality of courage with women and men who are dramatically changing the course of events in their communities and countries.mprisoned, tortured, and threatened with death, they speak with compelling eloquence on subjects to which they have devoted their lives and for which they have been willing to sacrifice — from free expression to the rule of law, from women’s rights to religious liberty, from environmental defense to eradicating slavery, from access to capitol to the right to due process. Accompanying the interviews are a powerful series of portraits by world-renowned photographer Eddie Adams. This is his first book, representing two years of crisscrossing the globe to make these deeply felt and insightful images of courageous individuals.
Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights includes lawyers, advocates, entrepreneurs, and writers, united by a commitment to social justice. Overseen by a board that includes some of the nation’s leaders in business and academia, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is a diverse group of talented individuals committed to the pursuit of a more just and peaceful world.