Larry Cox has been working for peace, justice and human rights around the world for more than four decades. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary, he is serving as co-director of Kairos: The Center on Religions, Rights and Social Justice. Cox served as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 2006 to 2011.
In assuming leadership of AIUSA, Cox returned to the movement he had helped to develop over 14 years in a variety of positions. In 1976 he joined the organization as its first press officer. During the next nine years he established the AIUSA Program to Abolish the Death Penalty, served as communication director, and deputy executive director. He was then appointed deputy secretary general at Amnesty International’s world headquarters in London. In 1990 Cox became the executive director of the Rainforest Foundation, an international organization working with indigenous peoples in the Brazilian Amazon to protect their rights and environment. In 1995 Cox began an 11-year term as senior program officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation. He initiated new programs on international justice, economic, social and cultural rights, and human rights in the United States. As part of the latter work, he co-edited and co-wrote the report Close to Home: Case Studies of Human Rights Work in the US.
In focusing on human rights in the United States Cox came full circle to work he did in his early years to advance peace and social justice. Active in the anti-Vietnam war movement he did organizing against the war as a GI at Ft. Campbell, KY in 1970-71. He later became news director of the NY Pacifica Radio station, WBAI.