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Kerry Kennedy


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Born:  September 8, 1959

Kerry is the proud mother of twin daughters Mariah Matilda and Cara Ethel  (born Jan. 11, 1995), and also daughter Michaela Andrea (born Auguest 26, 1997).

Kerry Kennedy Cuomo started working for 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, the promotion and protection of basic rights and 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 child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, the environment, and women's rights. She has led over 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries. At a time of diminished idealism and growing cynicism about public service, her life and work are testaments to her commitment to the basic values of human rights.

She is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists ranging from the famous (Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and Oscar Arias to name a few) to lesser known stories of courage. The book is accompanied by a major photographic exhibition, a play based on the book, a PBS television program, an education and advocacy packet -- being distributed to ten thousand high schools and universities -- legislation, and the Speak Truth To Power.org web site which received over 2 million hits in first two and half weeks.

Kerry served as Executive Director and is now 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 helps cities 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.

She 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 ongoing 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.

Kerry has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN among others, and her commentaries and articles have been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, The New York Times, TV Guide and the Yale Journal of International Law. As a special correspondent for the environmental magazine television program, "Network Earth," she reports on human rights and the environment. She interviewed human rights leaders for Voice of America.

She is the Chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council and is a judge on the Reebok Human Rights Award. She sits on boards of directors of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights, the Bloody Sunday Trust and the Robert K. Kennedy Memorial, as well as the Gleitzman Foundation's Special Board of Advisors for the Sakharov Award, and the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She is on the Advisory Committee for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, the Committee on the Administration of Justice (Northern Ireland) and the International Campaign for Tibet. She is Co-Chair of the Board of Governors of SpeakOut.com. She has served in numerous political campaigns, and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. Kerry is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law Schools.

Kerry and Andrew Cuomo are divorced.


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