Partners for Human Rights is the litigation, advocacy and training arm of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Our advocates raise awareness of the most important and sometimes overlooked human rights abuses, amplifying the voices of local defenders and pressuring those in power to respect human dignity.

Through our International Strategic Litigation work we bring cases before regional and international tribunals and human rights mechanisms, establishing new and far-reaching precedents that raise human rights standards around the globe.

At the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Training Institute, human rights defenders from around the world gather to attend expert workshops, share their experiences, and reflect on their work, making them more effective champions of justice when they return home.

Partners for Human Rights presents the annual Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, which recognizes a courageous individual whose activism reflects Robert Kennedy’s belief that every individual can make a difference. The award’s recipients enter multi-year partnerships with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, anchoring Partners for Human Rights’s work  and strengthening the activists’ ability to make gentler the life of the world.


Regions Where We Address Partners for Human Rights

  • Americas

    From continuing Robert Kennedy's efforts with American farmworkers to working to end violence against women in Latin America, our programs in the Americas seek to protect the vulnerable, end corruption, and ensure respect for the dignity of each person throughout the region.

  • Asia

    Supporting Nobel laureates in their quests to end child labor and empower the impoverished. Bringing human rights education to the foothills of Nepal. Standing with civil society in Bangladesh. Our work in Asia carries us far afield as we fulfill our pledge to stand with the bravest people on Earth, wherever they are. 

  • Africa

    Our work in Africa is as diverse as the continent itself. We fight for LGBT rights in Uganda, advocate for civil society in Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and The Gambia, and help bring lifesaving technology to Kenya.

  • Europe

    Headquartered in a prison that has been transformed into a beacon of freedom, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Europe works with experts, advocates, and teachers to promote freedom and justice across the continent and beyond.

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