Classroom Resources

Resources to empower the next generation of defenders.

Resources Overview

Speak Truth to Power brings human rights education to life in the classroom with engaging, standards-aligned, digital resources that fit easily into your existing lesson plans. A virtual field trip, interactive defenders map, individual defender videos and biographies and thought-provoking classroom activities further exploration and discussion in order to inspire young people to take action and become defenders in their own communities.

Become a

An inspiring step-by-step guide students can follow to take on the causes important to them and become part of the next generation of defenders.

Defenders Map

An interactive defenders map allows students to explore universal human rights issues through the experiences of defenders around the globe.

Field Trip

Join a unique conversation between established and rising human rights defenders on how to start your own activism.

Video Vignettes and Classroom Activities

Watch the stories and hear the voices of human rights defenders in their own words.

Sonita Alizadeh

Sonita Alizadeh

Sonita Alizadeh is an Afghan rapper whose family tried to sell her into marriage when she was 10 and again at 16. After escaping to the U.S., she continues to use her music and her story to speak out for girls’ rights and bring about global awareness of child marriage as a human rights violation.

Special thanks to UNICEF USA for event footage.

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman

Marian Wright Edelman has dedicated her life fighting to protect children from abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness and to ensure children have access to quality education. She founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 and she continues to be a leading voice in civil rights activism.

Ka Hsaw Wa

Ka Hsaw Wa

Ka Hsaw Wa is a Burmese human rights activist and co-founder of Earth Rights International. Despite being captured and tortured, he worked tirelessly to document and expose human rights abuses by the oil company, Unocal, holding them accountable for their actions against the Burmese people.


To help educators better prepare for conversations about civic engagement and human rights, this webinar walks through Speak Truth to Power's many resources and provides strategies for empowering and inspiring students.


Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Mission Statement

Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Whether in the United States or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.