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To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Leaders Must Focus on Human Rights

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 5:16 PM

The UN General Assembly is upon us, and discussions will focus squarely on ratifying the Sustainable Development Goals. However, another document should be front and center in the minds of global leaders as they descend upon Manhattan this September: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The truth is this: we...

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The Enduring Inspiration of Robert Kennedy's Ripples of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 12:01 PM

In the summer of 1966, my parents, Robert and Ethel Kennedy, traveled to South Africa at the invitation of Ian Robertson, President of the National Union of South African Students, or NUSAS. NUSAS, which opposed the racist Apartheid regime then in power...
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Law Day -- and a Look Back

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 4:44 PM

Today we celebrate Law Day in the U.S. As the new Attorney General in 1961, my father took that time to address the University of Georgia shortly after the university integrated and allowed two African-American students, Charlene Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, to register. In the speech, he addressed the need...

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There Is No Such Thing...

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:09 PM

We see the term "child prostitute" used every day. But there is no such thing. There are many children who are repeatedly raped and trafficked for sex.

More than 1,000 children are arrested on prostitution or prostitution-related charges in the U.S. and placed in juvenile detention facilities every year....

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In Bangladesh, the Steady Pursuit of Justice and Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center (third from right), with Grameen Bank members.

Last week, at the invitation of my friend Muhammad Yunus, I traveled to Bangladesh, a truly humbling and inspiring experience. I met so many incredible people struggling...

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Senator Markey's Bill: A Chance for America to Lead on LGBT Rights

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:52 PM

Co-authored by Michael Guest, Senior Advisor to the Council for Global Equality and the first openly gay, Senate-confirmed U.S. Ambassador (to Romania, 2001-04).

Since our country's founding, American presidents have time and again appointed special envoys to respond to particularly challenging human rights and foreign policy crises. In recent decades,...

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48 Years of a Ripple of Hope

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Forty-eight years ago today, my father, Robert Kennedy, spoke to students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, delivering what is now known as the "Ripple of Hope" speech. The words my father offered that evening stand as an inspiring testament to his faith in young people as...

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Faith in Action: Spending Holy Week at Zanmi Beni Haitian Children's Home

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 6:09 PM


Dear Cara and Mariah,

Happy Easter!!

It's been pretty hectic the last few weeks, and I'm very happy that Easter is here, with daffodils and forsythia in bloom, lilacs on the way, and chocolate finally allowed after 40 days of abstinence (though...

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U.S. Must Suspend Funding to Egypt's Military Regime

(67) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM

This week, the United States Congress is voting on legislation that would to restore funding to Egypt's military government in Fiscal Year 2014, in direct violation of long-standing and crucial provisions that prohibit funding to countries where democratically elected governments are toppled by a military coup.

The event in...

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Piangiamo la perdita di Nelson Mandela, icona mondiale per i diritti umani

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2013 | 6:54 AM

É con profondo dispiacere che i membri del board e lo staff del Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) esprimono le più sentite condoglianze alla famiglia, agli amici e ai colleghi del Premio Nobel per la Pace e ex presidente del Sudafrica, Nelson...

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We Mourn the Loss of Global Human Rights Icon, Nelson Mandela

(9) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 6:42 PM

It is with profound sadness that the board and staff of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) offer our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

Mr. Mandela's...

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Come celebrerò il 50esimo della morte di mio zio JFK

(6) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Nei mesi successivi alla data del 22 Novembre 1963, molte persone di ogni parte del mondo hanno detto a mio padre, Bobby Kennedy, che con la morte del Presidente moriva anche la loro speranza. Lui rimase toccato dalle loro parole e dalle continue riverenze rivolte al fratello, ma non volle...

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Honor His Life, Not Just His Death

(43) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 9:23 AM

In the months following November 22, 1963, people around the world told my father, Bobby Kennedy, that with President Kennedy's death, so died their hope. He was touched by their words and by their continued reverence for his brother, but he did not share their sentiment. To me, my siblings...

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Community Organizing at Its Very Best

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 10:53 AM

Three years of intense advocacy came to fruition last month, when we opened the Robert F. Kennedy Health Care Clinic in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana. It was a day of celebration and awe. RFK Human Rights Award laureate Stephen Bradberry led the charge along with the RFK Center and our partners...

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An Anniversary of Hope

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 10:47 AM

Today, as well as being the 45th anniversary of the day we lost my father Robert Kennedy, is the 47th anniversary of his speech to student activists in South Africa, that has come to be known as the "Ripple of Hope speech."

In 1965, a South African medical student...

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A Civil Rights Freedom Rider Returns to Montgomery, Ala.

(7) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 3:33 PM

A few weeks ago I joined Congressman and RFK Speak Truth To Power defender John Lewis as he returned to First Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, site of a brutal night in civil rights history. As Freedom Riders in 1961, Lewis and a dozen companions traveled by bus from Washington,...

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The Time Is Now for a Federal Anti-Bullying Law

(89) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Last week, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) reintroduced the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA), an act that would solidify the requirement for schools to address bullying and hold them accountable to collect data on the incidence and response. Federal bullying prevention legislation has been introduced every year since 2003, when Congresswoman...

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An Oscar Vote for Justice

(20) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Today, one of America's oldest and proudest employers is facing a scandal of epic proportion. With a history that stretches back even prior to our nation's independence, this organization has grown into a $550 billion enterprise, with a staff of 1.5 million spread across offices in 150 nations. It is...

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Working With Javier Bardem for Justice in Western Sahara

(7) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 12:32 PM

In just two months, the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) is up for renewal. Javier Bardem and I have teamed up to raise awareness for the need to include a human rights mandate in MINURSO.

Please watch the video below, see...

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For L.A. Schools, Stories of Modern-day Martin Luther Kings

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 9:05 PM

When President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office on Monday, he placed his right hand on both the Lincoln Bible and a Bible handed down across generations by the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It was a remarkable tribute to two men whose stories of leadership...

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