International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

  • New York, NY
  • http://rfkhumanrights.org/

Mission Statement

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights was established by Robert F. Kennedy's friends and family in 1968 to carry on his vision of a more just and peaceful world. As a global organization with a unique connection to one of the 20th century's most inspiring leaders, we seek to create change by partnering with the women and men on the front lines of the struggle for human rights and social justice, from the courtroom, to the classroom, to the boardroom. By standing with the bravest people on Earth, we strive to fulfill Robert F. Kennedy's pledge that “those with the courage to enter the moral conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the world."

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' mission is to safeguard human dignity through the advancement of human rights and to improve the uniquely American ideals of justice and peace. All of our programs leverage advocacy, training, litigation, and education efforts to empower key participants in the international movement for human rights; create lasting change in the legal and social structures that engender inequality; and educate tomorrow's leaders, thereby enhancing their capacity to advance justice and equality. Partners for Human Rights uses advocacy, litigation, and training to ensure that the rights of every human being receive the protection they deserve. Speak Truth To Power is a global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights while urging them to take action. Young Leaders is a leadership program that motivates a diverse community of young professionals to take action for social justice and human rights. Compass facilitates discussions of sustainable investing criteria among institutional investors, enabling them to understand how social, environmental, governance, and human rights considerations can mitigate investment risk. Legacy introduces Robert F. Kennedy's remarkable life and career to a new generation through exhibits, classroom materials, and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book and Journalism Awards.

Main Programs

  1. Partners for Human Rights
  2. Speak Truth To Power
  3. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders
  4. Compass
  5. Legacy
Service Areas

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International

Between its advocacy, litigation, capacity building, and education programs, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is active on five continents in dozens of countries, including the United States, Mexico, Uganda, Western Sahara, China, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Rwanda, and more.

ruling year

1968

President

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Ms. Kerry Kennedy

Executive Director

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Ms. Lynn Delaney

Keywords

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human rights, juvenile justice, social justice, book award, journalism award

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EIN

13-2522784

Physical Address

1300 19th Street NW Ste 750

Washington, DC 20036 1651

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We have freed prisoners, changed laws, built schools, and transformed classrooms. We have expanded health care delivery in some of the world's poorest nations, advanced the conversation about the intersection of business and human rights, and honored some of our world's most fearless authors and journalists. All of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights' programs leverage advocacy, training, litigation, and education efforts to empower key participants in the international movement for human rights; create lasting change in the legal and social structures that engender inequality; and educate tomorrow's leaders, thereby enhancing their capacity to advance justice and equality.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Partners for Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Partners for Human Rights (PHR) forges multi-year partnerships with members of civil society to advance the cause of justice and peace at the local level. Since 1984, 47 partnerships have been established across 28 countries. This is a unique model that PHR considers one of the most effective ways to advance long-term, systemic change for communities across the globe. PHR’s international strategic litigation program supports local civil society by building their capacity to present cases, or representing them as clients, before regional and international human rights mechanisms. Through its Training Institute - established in 2011 to strengthen the capacity of human rights advocates to use international law, mechanisms and standards to advance human rights protection - Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has trained over 177 human rights defenders from 87 organizations located in 66 countries around the globe.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 2

Speak Truth To Power

Speak Truth To Power is a global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights while urging them to take action. The Speak Truth To Power lesson plans, based on the UN’s principles of human rights education, are taught to millions of students from kindergarten through law school. Using the stories of human rights defenders in an innovative, flexible manner, Speak Truth To Power’s lessons are designed to fit any subject, teaching students that they, too, can learn to self-identify as a human rights defender and have a role to play in the global fight for justice.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

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Program 3

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders

Robert F. Kennedy Young Leaders is dedicated to empowering young human rights defenders and mobilizing a diverse community of young people to take action for social justice and human rights. With 1,500 members in New York, and a new chapter in Washington, D.C., RFK Young Leaders is inspiring a new generation to carry forward Robert Kennedy’s legacy through a three-pronged approach of education, advocacy, and action.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

None

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Program 4

Compass

Robert F. Kennedy Compass engages the investment community through annual conferences designed to help institutional investors fulfill their fiduciary duties by considering the impact of ESG (environmental, social, and governance factors) on investment outcomes. Each invitation-only conference offers engaging panel discussions and speakers and multiple opportunities for informal discussions. Decision makers from major public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments and family offices regularly attend Compass conferences to hear the latest thinking on sustainable investing and discuss the challenges of investing today.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

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Program 5

Legacy

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, now in its 48th year, was founded by Robert F. Kennedy’s family and friends to carry forth his unfinished work. Its Legacy initiative is designed to remind us all of who Robert Kennedy was and why his work still matters by re-introducing him to familiar audiences and inspiring new generations to take action and create change in their classrooms, communities and countries.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Between its advocacy, litigation, capacity building, and education programs, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is active on five continents in dozens of countries, including the United States, Mexico, Uganda, Western Sahara, China, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Rwanda, and more.

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ROBERT F KENNEDY CENTER FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Leadership

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President

Ms. Kerry Kennedy

Executive Director

Ms. Lynn Delaney

BIO

Ms. 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 Center for Human Rights in 1988. She has led over 50 human rights delegations around the globe.Ms. Kennedy is the founder of Speak Truth To Power, a global education initiative, which includes her book, the play, the photographic exhibition by Pulitzer Prize-winner Eddie Adams, the PBS documentary film, and a twelve-week curriculum that has been taught to hundreds of thousands of high school students around the world.Ms. Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council and serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights First, Inter-Press Service and the United States Institute of Peace. Ms. Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School and she is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Robert Smith

Vista Equity Partners LLC

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?