RFK Partners for Human Rights is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. Founded in 1984 in memory of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the program has previously granted awards to more than 45 people from 29 countries. Awardees receive a one-time cash prize of $30,000 to further their work in the field. In addition, the RFK Partners for Human Rights will form a multi-year partnership with the awardees and the organizations that they are affiliated with to provide monetary, administrative and research support to advance their goals related to social justice.
To qualify for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, candidates must be either a person or an organization currently working to promote human rights. Individuals may be focused broadly on human rights or issues of human rights related to race, creed, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. Nominees cannot be a part of any government institution or have an official role in a political party; however, those with political affiliation are eligible. Nominees must not be self-nominated or nominated for the purposes of a lifetime achievement award or a posthumous award.
Nominations for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award are accepted through the RFK Partners for Human Rights website. The deadline for nominating someone is March 31, 2018. After the nomination period has closed, judges will evaluate all of the nominees and then select this year’s recipients. Nominees that are not selected as recipients remain confidential and there is no public identification of finalists.
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