Human Rights Award
About the Award

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award identifies and honors those who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that the power of individual moral courage can overcome injustice. Each year, we invite the public to nominate outstanding champions of moral courage who stand up to oppression, even at great personal risk, in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights. 

Over the past 37 years, the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award has recognized 38 outstanding activists and organizations from 30 countries. Honorees receive a cash prize of $30,000, but what sets this awards program apart is that they also receive ongoing support for their important work from RFK Human Rights—through strategic litigation, training and capacity-building, and advocacy before governments, international organizations, and other institutions. 

You can help us honor Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy and promote the work of dedicated human rights defenders. We depend on friends and allies like you to find heroes who are pursuing Robert F. Kennedy’s dream of creating a better and more just world. Please take a moment to learn more about the nomination process, and if you know of a person or group fighting for justice, submit their name by February 14, 2020.