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Encyclopedia > Kerry Kennedy
Kerry Kennedy

Born September 8, 1959 (1959-09-08) (age 48)
 Washington, D.C.
Education Brown University
Boston College Law School
Spouse Andrew Cuomo (1990 - 2003)
Children Cara Ethel Kennedy Cuomo, Mariah Matilda Kennedy Cuomo, and Michaela Andrea Kennedy Cuomo
Parents Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel

Mary Kerry Kennedy (known as Kerry) was born September 8, 1959, in Washington, D.C., the seventh of the eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Washington,_D.C..svg The flag of Washington, D.C. It is from openclipart. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Boston College Law School, known colloquially as BC Law, is one of the professional graduate schools of Boston College. ... Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957, in New York City) is the New York State Attorney General, having been elected to that office on November 7, 2006. ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. ... Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is a member of the Kennedy political family by her marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Washington, D.C. (disambiguation). ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. ... Ethel Skakel Kennedy (born April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois) is a member of the Kennedy political family by her marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. ...

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Education

Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School. She holds an honorary doctorate of laws from Le Moyne College and an honorary doctorate of Human Letters from Bay Path College. Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Boston College Law School, known colloquially as BC Law, is one of the professional graduate schools of Boston College. ...


Family

She married Andrew Cuomo, son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, on June 9, 1990, in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C. They separated in 2003 and have since divorced. Andrew Mark Cuomo (born December 6, 1957, in New York City) is the New York State Attorney General, having been elected to that office on November 7, 2006. ... Mario Matthew Cuomo (born June 15, 1932) served as the Governor of New York from 1983 to 1995. ... June 9 is the 160th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (161st in leap years), with 205 days remaining. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Cathedral of St. ...


They have three children:

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Social work

Kennedy is on the board of directors for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and founded the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights (CHR). She led a delegation from the CHR to Liberia in July of 2004. She is also on the advisory board of The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. Brandeis University is a private university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, United States. ...


Miss 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, and 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 to over 30 countries. 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 ranging from the famous — Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and Oscar Arias to name a few — to lesser known stories of courage. 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, www.speaktruthtopower.org and federal legislation which increased federal funding for the protection of human rights. The book has been translated into Greek, Spanish and Italian. Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ (b. ... Marian Wright Edelman (born June 6, 1939) is the president and founder of the Childrens Defense Fund. ... Tenzin Gyatso (born 6 July 1935) is the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama. ... Desmond Mpilo Tutu (born 7 October 1931) is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. ... Elie Wiesel KBE (born Eliezer Wiesel on September 30, 1928) [1] is a Romanian novelist, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. ... Human rights defender is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. ... Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942 Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-Chilean novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. ...


Kennedy produced the premiere of the play at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. where Jackson Browne and Hugh Masekela performed for host President William Clinton, and actors included Alec Baldwin, Kevin Kline John Malkovich, and Sigorney Weaver. 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 and Sydney. The website has attracted over four million viewers, and kept them there for an average 9.6 minutes per viewer (a notably high number), reading, learning, taking action.


Kennedy served a 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 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. The Boston Globe (and Boston Sunday Globe) is the most widely circulated daily newspaper in Boston, Massachusetts and New England. ... Chicago Sun-Times The Chicago Sun-Times is an American newspaper publishing out of Chicago, Illinois. ... The Los Angeles Times (also L.A. Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. ... Marie Claire is a monthly woman’s magazine conceived in France but also distributed in other countries with editions specific to them and in their languages. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ...


Kerry Kennedy is the chairman of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award. She serves on the boards of directors of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, Human Rights First, Inter- Press Service ( Rome, Italy) the Bloody Sunday Trust ( Northern Ireland), The Alliance for the New Humanity and The China Information Network. She serves on 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 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.


Awards

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, and the Prima Donna Award from Montalcino Vineyards.


Kennedy has served in numerous political campaigns, and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.


Kerry Kennedy was awarded the Gold Mercury Award for Humanitarian Action 2006 for her efforts in defending human rights activists.


See also

The Irish Catholic political dynasty, John, Robert, and Edward Kennedy The Kennedy family is a prominent Irish-American family in American politics and government descending from the marriage of Joseph P. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. ...

External links

  • Kerry Kennedy at the Internet Movie Database
  • The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
  • Kerry Kennedy talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about her father's legacy on the 35th anniversary of his death
  • Speak truth to power
  • Minnesota Human Rights Week

  Results from FactBites:
 
GlobalTribe . Voices . Kerry Kennedy Cuomo | PBS (1515 words)
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, mother of three daughters, has been working in human rights since 1981 and has led more than forty human rights delegations to more than thirty countries.
KERRY KENNEDY CUOMO: Most people have been touched in one way or another by issues of injustice and they instinctively go towards those issues that affect their lives.
KERRY KENNEDY CUOMO: People always ask, when you are dealing with torture and brutality on a daily basis, "How do you keep going?" The truth is it is not the repression that is important -- it is the resistance.
Reason (1358 words)
Like Kennedy, Kerry has a credibility gap to close, though Kerry's problem is not his age but his party's 30-year reputation for softness on security.
Kennedy's genius was to solve all of these problems at once by organizing his messages under the single theme of strength and thus stealing the Republicans' best issue.
What he has not done is what Kennedy did: dare to announce that one, and only one, overriding goal will define his candidacy and his presidency, and that this goal is to strengthen and secure a country that is less strong and safe than it ought to be.
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