Kerry Kennedy
Human rights activist
Kerry Kennedy
Mary Kerry Kennedy is an American human rights activist and writer. She is the seventh of the eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy. She was known as Kerry Kennedy Cuomo from 1991 until 2003.
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A Fight Worth Having: A Message on Inauguration Day
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I won't mince words: President Donald Trump's inauguration means it is more important than ever that Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights redouble its commitment to the full scope of our humanitarian and social justice mission. We must push forward even more vocally in 2017 not just because several of President Trump's proposals have raised concerns in civil rights and humanitarian circles. We must push forward because it is the mission of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to speak truth to power - regardless of political affiliation. Though some are pessimistic about the future, I have reason to look ahead with optimism. Across the nation and around the world, advocates for equal justice, human rights and civil liberties speak with a reinvigorated voice. Though many are only individuals, those individuals, in this moment, are coming together as never before to speak with one voice in support of equality and fairness. I am proud to join them. Advocates across issues and continent ...
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Child Rights: Laureates And Leaders Step Up
Huffington Post - about 1 month
When I first met Kailash Satyarthi a quarter of a century ago, his direct actions to rescue child laborers were just starting to gain attention outside India. Over time, Kailash became a respected figure in human and child rights circles globally, and equally reviled by the bonded labor and child labor mafias, enduring not only attacks on his reputation, but physical attacks as recently as 2011. Today, following the award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his life's work, Kailash and his colleagues are extending his reach--and marshalling some of the most important world leaders to rally to the cause of child rights. This week saw the first-ever "Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit" in New Delhi, and the host is none other than Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. Make no mistake: There has been progress in the fight against child labor over the past 20 years, and Kailash and his colleagues in the Global March Against Child Labor, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (the Save Chil ...
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NY prosecutors say Kennedy may have broken law even if she took sleeping pill accidentally
Fox News - about 3 years
Even if Kerry Kennedy accidentally drugged herself with a sleeping pill before getting in her car, she broke the law if she kept driving after feeling the drug's effects, prosecutors say.
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Kerry Kennedy seeks dismissal of NY drugged-driving case, says prosecution lacks evidence
Fox News - about 3 years
Kerry Kennedy is asking again for the dismissal of her drugged-driving case.
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Kerry Kennedy: U.S. Must Suspend Funding to Egypt's Military Regime
The Huffington Post - USA - about 3 years
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 Egypt last July, when the country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was removed from office, certainly fit this designation. Thus, federal law requires that the U.S. suspend non-humanitarian aid to the country, as we did with Mauritania, Mali, Madagascar, and Pakistan following their respective coups. But language in the current omnibus bill seeks to exempt Egypt from this existing legislation, so long as Egypt's leaders certify that the government is advancing democratization. While the bill contains some constructive conditions- for example, requiring the Secretary of State to certify that Egypt has held a constitutional referendum ...
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Kerry Kennedy: Community Organizing at Its Very Best
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
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 on the ground and secured 105,000,000 in BP settlement dollars to bolster access to health care in seventeen parishes across four states along the Gulf Coast. It was a momentous occasion, brimming with joy and tears--the successful conclusion of a battle waged by a small group of determined people. Along with a delegation from the RFK Center, I joined Bradberry in Jean Lafitte on Barataria Bay in the spring of 2010 a few weeks after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, spewing 170 million gallons of crude and two million gallons of dispersants across the Gulf Coast. Our host, Barataria Bayoukeeper Tracy Kuhns, was late. When she finally appeared, she apologized, explaining that her hu ...
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Raj Patel: On Human Rights, Wendy's Isn't Old Fashioned -- Just Outdated
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Wendy's, the world's third largest burger joint, is having a makeover. From being "Wendy's Old Fashioned Burgers" we're now told it's just "Wendy's." The ginger-haired befreckled Wendy remains on the logo, though in their TV spots she's a hipper twentysomething. Yet behind the new facade lie some very old-fashioned attitudes. Above all, like every corporation, Wendy's exists for the sole purpose of bringing value to its shareholders. This is why shareholders at Wendy's Annual Meeting in New York last Thursday found themselves in the company of Kerry Kennedy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, and Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International. Kennedy, Cox, and an interfaith group of clergy, joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to demand that the company join a program to eliminate the exploitation farmworkers in its supply chain. One might imagine that Wendy's cares little about conditions in its supply chain because it is, after all, a ...
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Kennedy NY defense says treat her like anyone else
Fox News - almost 4 years
Kerry Kennedy's lawyer in her New York drugged-driving case is complaining that prosecutors want the court to be tougher on her than on ordinary defendants. Attorney Gerald Lefcourt is trying to get the case dismissed. He filed papers Tuesday claiming the district attorney's office is holding Kennedy to a higher standard because of her famous surname. Kennedy is the daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh). She was arrested in July after her Lexus swerved into a tractor-trailer near her home in Bedford, 35 miles north of New York City. She says she accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of her thyroid medication. The prosecution has argued a dismissal would make it seem people of wealth and privilege are treated differently.
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Jackie Jenkins-Scott: Why Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Needed to Propel Our Country Forward
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Imagine the excitement of an eight-year-old girl coming to the United States from her native Ecuador to visit Disney World for the first time and, with her father and brother, begin to establish a good life here. Imagine her exhilaration turning to confusion and anxiety when she is told she cannot return to Ecuador to visit her mother, who is still there, or she and her family will be deported for good. She is an undocumented immigrant. Years of living in limbo in the U.S. pass without a change in her status. She grows into a teenager with a genuine passion for serving others. She becomes an achiever, a leader in her community, a National Honor Society student. But her chance of attending college and building a successful, useful life in the U.S. remains next to impossible. She has no path to citizenship. This was the reality of Laylin Chong, who won a Passion for Action Scholarship to Wheelock College, graduated, and is now pursuing her master's degree at Wheelock. When ...
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NY DA: Don't dismiss Kennedy drugged-driving case
Fox News - almost 4 years
New York prosecutors are asking a judge to deny a motion to dismiss a drugged-driving case against Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In court documents made available Tuesday, prosecutors argue that Kennedy's case should move forward as it would for other first-time offenders. Lawyers for Kennedy had argued in a motion filed in North Castle Town Court last month that she had accidently taken a sleeping pill on July 13, 2012, before she swerved into a tractor-trailer on a highway and was arrested. But prosecutors argue that a trial should be held to determine whether Kennedy accidentally took the pill. A lawyer for Kennedy says he'll respond to the motion this month. Kennedy is the seventh of 11 children of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.
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Kerry Kennedy: A Civil Rights Freedom Rider Returns to Montgomery, Ala.
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
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, D.C. through the segregated south, crossing the color line at drinking fountains, restrooms, and lunch counters as they went. As they approached Montgomery, my father, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, demanded police protection for the Riders. But when the bus crossed the city lines, the state police withdrew and city police watched as a KKK-led mob viciously beat the Riders with bats and iron pipes. That night, President Kennedy called out the National Guard to protect 1,500 supporters huddled inside First Baptist Church praying for the Freedom Riders, as a white mob, 3,000 strong, hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails through the stained glass windows. We gathered at First Baptist's, and John L ...
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Kerry Kennedy: An Oscar Vote for Justice
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
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 a renowned destination for our nation's best and brightest -- the sort of place where young people with sharp minds, strong hearts, and the courage to serve, once dreamed of working. But today, its offices have become havens for the most primitive of violent crimes; places where rape and abuse are considered occupational hazards, where 85% of assaults go unreported and where only 1 out of every 20 criminals reported will be convicted. It is the United States Armed Forces, and its epidemic of sexual assault and systemic legal inaction is the subject of a searing new documentary, The Invisible War, currently nominated for the 2013 Academy Award. Director Kirby Dick shines a ...
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Lin Humphrey: Omni Hotels: The Power of Social Listening
Huffington Post - about 4 years
One afternoon, a tweet addressed to @OmniHotels said simply, "Dear Omni Hotel: Key lime pie: Win. Wi-Fi: Fail." The eCommerce team, who monitors and responds in social channels, responded to the tweet and contacted the hotel to rectify the situation. What the team did not realize at the time was that the tweeter was actually the keynote speaker of a PR, marketing and social media conference at their Jacksonville location. They had deployed the GM of the hotel to alert the tweeter that the issue had been resolved (along with a slice of key-lime pie as a tongue-in-cheek goodwill gesture). While this was only one tweet of many that Omni Hotels saw and answered that day, the results of the action Omni took perfectly illustrates the power of social listening. The end result was a resolved issue for an influential customer that resulted in word of mouth about the exceptional service due to social listening from the other participants at the conference. Kerry Kennedy, corporate vi ...
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Kerry Kennedy: For L.A. Schools, Stories of Modern-day Martin Luther Kings
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
It was a remarkable tribute to two men whose stories of leadership and courage against injustice remind us, as the president said, that although freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on earth. Read More... More on Martin Luther King Jr.
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Kerry Kennedy lawyer wants NY driving case tossed
Fox News - about 4 years
An attorney for Kerry Kennedy, ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said Tuesday that he will file a motion to dismiss the drugged driving charge against her. Kennedy, daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and niece of President John F. Kennedy, appeared in North Castle Town Court for a conference that lasted about two minutes. The judge set a schedule for various court filings, including a March 1 deadline for defense motions. Outside court, defense attorney Gerald Lefcourt said, "We're making a motion to dismiss." Kennedy did not speak in court or to reporters outside. Kennedy was arrested July 13 after police said her Lexus swerved into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 in North Castle. Police said she failed sobriety tests and was slurring her speech. Tests found a small amount of a sleeping drug in Kennedy's blood. She says she believes she accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of her thyroid med ...
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Kerry, Kennedy widow back Markey Senate run
Fox News - about 4 years
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says he supports U.S. Rep. Edward Markey's decision to run for the U.S. Senate seat that would become vacant if Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State.
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Douglas Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, acquitted in NY hospital case
Fox News - over 4 years
Douglas Kennedy, a son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted Tuesday of child endangerment and harassment charges stemming from a scuffle in a hospital maternity ward. Kennedy had tried in January to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He said he just wanted the 2-day-old boy, Anthony Boru Kennedy, to get some fresh air. However, several nurses objected, saying his request would violate hospital policy. Kennedy tried to leave anyway, and two nurses claimed he hurt them as they blocked his way. Mount Kisco Town Judge John Donohue, who heard the case without a jury, ruled that Kennedy broke no laws. He said testimony showed that the baby was not in danger -- except from the nurses' actions -- and that Kennedy did not demonstrate any intent to hurt them. The judge said he didn't have to rule on whether it was a good idea to take the baby outside. "The Court is not determining whether the defendant's behavior was wise or pruden ...
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Rights delegation criticizes Morocco for attacking critics of its control over Western Sahara
Fox News - over 4 years
A human rights delegation led by Robert F. Kennedy's daughter says it witnessed acts of intimidation and violence against critics of the Moroccan government's control of the disputed Western Sahara. The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights said in a statement circulated Tuesday that the delegation, led by its president Kerry Kennedy, also witnessed the overwhelming presence of Moroccan security forces and widespread human rights violations. Morocco took over the mineral-rich former Spanish colony in 1976 and annexed it, fighting Polisario Front rebels until a truce in 1991. It has offered Western Sahara wide-ranging autonomy but the Polisario wants a referendum with independence as an option. The Kennedy Center said its delegation was followed by secret police and physically prevented from observing an attack on peaceful protesters.
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Kerry Kennedy Trucker Pleads Not Guilty
Bronxville-Eastchester Patch - over 4 years
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Kerry Kennedy and Ambien: A Common Med Mix (Up), Say Experts
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Ex-Wife of NY Gov. Cuomo Is Second Kennedy to Crash With Sleeping Aid in System
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kerry Kennedy
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 54
    On March 3, 2014, Kennedy appeared on NBC's Today and criticized Westchester County for prosecuting "people who the district attorney and police believe to be innocent of the crime, simply because of county protocol requiring all cases to be pursued.” While insisting that being a member of the Kennedy family had nothing to do with the jury's verdict, she did mention the Criminal Justice Act and its 50th anniversary, which she said "my father passed as Attorney General to assure access to counsel for indigent criminal defendants."
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    Kennedy was acquitted of the charges on February 28, 2014. "You have to wonder why this ill-advised prosecution was brought," Lefcourt said after the verdict. "Was it because of who the defendant is?
    More Details Hide Details They concede it was accidental and nevertheless pursued this case. I find this very depressing." Prosecutors however defended their actions. "We prosecute 2,500 impaired driving cases annually in Westchester County. This case was treated no differently from any of the others," Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the Westchester County District Attorney said.
    On February 20, 2014, jury selection for her trial began.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy was not present, and was instead in Brussels and the western Sahara doing charity work. Sixty-two people were interviewed for the six-person panel. Kennedy's sister Rory testified that she had "a reputation for sobriety and general healthy living." Both Rory and their mother Ethel were present in the courtroom during the trial. Ethel was pushed in a wheelchair inside the Westchester County Courthouse and was accompanied by her sons Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Douglas Harriman Kennedy. Kennedy's attorney Gerald Lefcourt told jurors that while she did not expect her famous name to give her any advantages, Kennedy should not be punished for it either. Kennedy admitted to having been in a car wreck 18 months before the incident, as well as suffering a head injury that required medication.
    On January 23, 2014, Judge Robert Neary ruled that the drugged-driving case against Kennedy would move forward.
    More Details Hide Details The judge acknowledged that she was "not a typical criminal defendant. She has achieved a great deal and is dedicated to good works." Despite this, the judge said dismissal might lead the public to believe "that there are two justice systems: one for the rich and powerful, and one for everybody else."
  • 2012
    Age 52
    A toxicology report filed on July 25, 2012, said zolpidem was found in a sample of her blood taken when Kennedy was arrested, at which point Kennedy released a statement saying in part, "The results we received today from the Westchester County lab showed trace amounts of a sleep aid in my system, so it now appears that my first instinct was correct.
    More Details Hide Details I am deeply sorry to all those I endangered that day, and am enormously grateful for the support I have received over the past two weeks." Kennedy said she did not remember anything after entering a highway to go to a gym and before she found herself at a traffic light with a police officer at her door.
    In a court appearance on July 17, 2012, Kennedy said local hospital tests found no traces of drugs and that her doctor believed she had suffered a seizure.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy pleaded not guilty to driving while impaired. Scuiletti was charged by state police with leaving the scene of an accident.
    On the morning of July 13, 2012, Kennedy was found in her white Lexus.
    More Details Hide Details A police report said Kennedy had trouble speaking, was swaying and told an officer that she may have accidentally taken a sleeping pill earlier that day.
    In July 2012, Kennedy allegedly sideswiped a tractor trailer driven by Rocco Scuiletti on Interstate 684 in Westchester County.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    The plaintiffs' lead American lawyer reportedly paid Kennedy $50,000 in February 2010, and the plaintiffs' law firm budgeted $10,000 per month for her services, plus $40,000 in expenses in June 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy was also reportedly given a .25 percent share of any money collected from Chevron, worth US$40 million if the full amount were to be collected. Kennedy responded that she was “paid a modest fee for the time I spent on the case,” but denied that she had any financial interest in the outcome. She holds honorary doctorates of law from Le Moyne College and University of San Francisco Law School, and of Human Letters from Bay Path College and the Albany College of Pharmacy.
  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    Lawyers for Ecuadorean plaintiffs in the long-running lawsuit against Chevron Corporation for environmental and human health damages at the Lago Agrio oil field hired Kennedy to conduct public relations for their cause. She traveled to Ecuador in 2009, after which she blasted Chevron in an article for the Huffington Post.
    More Details Hide Details Neither her Huffington Post piece nor the news coverage of her advocacy disclosed that she was being paid by the plaintiffs, a fact not made public until 2012.
    World Vision and International AIDS Trust gave her the 2009 Human Rights Award.
    More Details Hide Details She has received awards from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (for leadership in abolishing the death penalty), the American Jewish Congress of the Metropolitan Region, and the Institute for the Italian American experience three I’s award for outstanding efforts and achievements for human rights.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    In 2008, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Medal of Honor and the Thomas More Award from Boston College Law School.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    Kennedy and Cuomo divorced in 2005 during Cuomo's term as New York State Attorney General.
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  • 2001
    Age 41
    Kennedy was named Woman of the Year 2001 by Save the Children, Humanitarian of the Year Award from the South Asian Media Awards Foundation, and the Prima Donna Award from Montalcino Vineyards.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 30
    On June 9, 1990, she married Andrew Cuomo at age 30 in the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, DC.
    More Details Hide Details They had three daughters: twins, Cara Ethel Kennedy-Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Kennedy-Cuomo (born January 11, 1995), and Michaela Andrea Cuomo (born August 26, 1997).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 28
    She became president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights (now Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights) in 1988 and was the Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial until 1995.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    Kennedy established RFK Center Partners for Human Rights in 1986 to ensure the protection of rights codified under the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights.
    More Details Hide Details RFK Partners provides support to courageous human rights defenders around the world. The Center uncovers human rights abuses like torture, repression of free speech and child labor; urges Congress and the U.S. administration to highlight human rights in foreign policy; and supplies activists with the resources they need to advance their work. Kennedy also founded RFK Compass, which works on sustainable investing with leaders in the financial community. She started the RFK Training Institute in Florence, Italy, which offers courses of study to leading human rights defenders across the globe. Kennedy is the author of Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists including Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, and more. This book has been translated into 6 languages, with more coming, and has been adapted into a play by Ariel Dorfman. It also is the foundation for the RFK Center's Speak Truth To Power program - a multi-faceted global initiative that uses the experiences of courageous defenders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. The curriculum focus on issues range from slavery and environmental activism to religious self-determination and political participation
  • 1981
    Age 21
    She started working in the field of human rights in 1981 as an intern with Amnesty International, where she investigated abuses committed by U.S. immigration officials against refugees from El Salvador.
    More Details Hide Details For over thirty years, she has worked on diverse human rights issues such as children’s rights, child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, and the environment. She has concentrated specifically on women’s rights, particularly honor killings, sexual slavery, domestic violence, workplace discrimination, and sexual assault. She has worked in over 60 countries and led hundreds of human rights delegations.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Age 8
    Kennedy was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Three days after her birth, her father resigned as chief counsel of the Senate Rackets Committee. Her father was assassinated in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details She is a graduate of The Putney School and Brown University and received her J.D. from Boston College Law School. Since 1981, Kennedy has worked as a human rights activist, leading delegations into places such as El Salvador, Gaza, Haiti, Kenya, Northern Ireland, and South Korea She was also involved in causes in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Sudan, and Pakistan.
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on September 8, 1959.
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