|Born||Mary Kerry Kennedy
September 8, 1959
|Education||B.A., Brown University
J.D., Boston College Law School
|Children||daughters Cara, Mariah, Michaela.|
|Parents||Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel|
Mary Kerry Kennedy (born September 8, 1959) 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.
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.
She established the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights in 1988 and was the Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial until 1995. Since 2006 she is Honorary President of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation of Europe, based in Florence (Italy). She is also the chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council, and has been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, and The New York Times. She is a judge for the Reebok Human Rights Award.
Kennedy also travels the country giving speeches and presentations and calling on her audiences to stand up and fight against human rights violations.
Being Catholic Now
Kennedy is the author of Being Catholic Now, Prominent Americans talk about Change in the Church and the Quest for Meaning. The book includes essays from prominent Catholics, including Nancy Pelosi, Cokie Roberts, Cardinal McCarrick, Sister Joan Chittister, Tom Monaghan, Bill O'Reilly, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Doug Brinkley and more.
Human rights work
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. She established the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, a non-profit organization that addresses the problems of social justice, in 1988. Kennedy established the RFK Center to help promote the protection of rights codified under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Center uncovers and publicizes abuses such as torture, disappearances, 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 resources they need to advance their work. 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 led over 40 human rights delegations 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, and more.
Kennedy has appeared numerous times on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and PBS as well as on networks in countries around the world, and her commentaries and articles have been published in The Boston Globe, The Chicago Sun-Times, L’Unita, The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Página/12, TV Guide and the Yale Journal of International Law. As a special correspondent for the environmental magazine television program, “Network Earth”, she reported on human rights and the environment. She interviewed human rights leaders for Voice of America.
Kennedy is Chair of the Amnesty International USA Leadership Council. Nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, as well as Human Rights First, and Inter Press Service (Rome, Italy). She is a patron of the Bloody Sunday Trust (Northern Ireland) and serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She is on the Advisory Committee for the International Campaign for Tibet, the Committee on the Administration of Justice of Northern Ireland, the Global Youth Action Network, Studies without Borders and several other organizations. She serves on the leadership council of the Amnesty International Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and on the Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Institute.
On June 9, 1990 in the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, DC, she married Andrew Cuomo. She has three daughters: twins Cara Ethel Cuomo and Mariah Matilda Cuomo (born January 11, 1995), and Michaela Andrea Cuomo (born August 26, 1997). Kennedy and Cuomo divorced in 2005 during Cuomo's term as New York State Attorney General. This was a result of an affair with a man named Bruce Colley, one of the largest American McDonald's franchisees heir.
- Kerry Kennedy Cuomo
- Claire Abent (2008-03-20). "Women's rights still not perfect in America". The North Wind Online. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- "Kerry Kennedy - Member of the Board of Directors". United States Institute of Peace. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- "Kennedy-Cuomo Wedding Draws Celebrities, Sightseers", Los Angeles Times, June 10, 1990. Retrieved 2013-10-22.]
- Kerry Kennedy at the Internet Movie Database
- Kerry Kennedy talks with NPR's Tavis Smiley about her father's legacy on the 35th anniversary of his death
- Requests for her designation as a non-grata persona