November 26, 2001
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo 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 has led over 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries.
She is the author of Speak Truth to Power : Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, which features interviews with human rights activists including Helen Prejean, Marian Wright Edelman, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, and many more lesser known stories of courage.
Kennedy Cuomo served as 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 in the spirit of her late father. She has worked on diverse human rights issues such as child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, the environment, and women's rights. She has appeared on many television programs, and her writings have been widely published in national newspapers and journals. As a special correspondent for the environmental magazine TV program, "Network Earth," she reported on human rights and the environment. She has interviewed human rights leaders for Voice of America.
Kennedy Cuomo is a member of the Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. bars. She is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College law schools. She is the wife of Andrew Cuomo. They have three daughters--Mariah, Cara, and Michaela.