Kerry Kennedy Cuomo
Human Rights Activist
Live Web cast October 31, 2000, 1:00 p.m. ET
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Kerry Kennedy Cuomo has worked as a human rights activist since 1981 and has led nearly three-dozen human rights delegations to more than 20 countries around the world including, El Salvador, Gaza, Haiti, Kenya, Northern Ireland and South Korea. She has also supported human rights-related causes in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sudan, Pakistan, and other countries. She was an election observer in Chile during the 1988 plebiscite which ousted former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
In 1988, Kennedy Cuomo established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights to ensure protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, an organization that provides a base of support to human rights defenders. She also served until 1995 as Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization which addresses problems of social justice in the spirit of Robert Kennedy.
Kennedy Cuomo has lectured about human rights throughout the United States and has been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The New York Times. As a special correspondent for the environmental magazine television program, Network Earth, she reported on human rights and the environment.
She is also the chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and is currently working on a book of profiles of 50 human rights defenders around the world.
Kennedy Cuomo is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School and is married to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Andrew Cuomo. The two are the proud parents of three daughters, Cara, Mariah and Michaela.