Interactive Defenders Map

Explore human rights advocacy around the world.

Explore Human Rights with the Interactive Defenders Map

Courageous men and women around the globe are willing to speak up and defend the rights of others, often at their own risk. Through The Defenders: An Interactive Map you can explore the stories of some of the world’s most influential human rights defenders.

Defenders Map

The Defenders

Around the world, activists work to protect and defend human rights, often at the risk of their own lives and livelihoods. Named as defenders by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, their stories both educate and empower future generations of human rights defenders.

Sonita Alizadeh


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Marian Wright Edelman

United States

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Van Jones

United States

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Wangari Maathai


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Frank Mugisha


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Marina Pisklakova


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Kailash Satyarthi


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Ka Hsaw Wa


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Elie Wiesel


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Malala Yousafzai


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Discovery Education has teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Humanity United and Fund II Foundation to bring Speak Truth to Power to the classroom. Speak Truth to Power, a global initiative dedicated to sharing the stories of human rights defenders around the world, provides compelling content for a set of flexible, standards-aligned digital resources, designed to educate, engage and inspire the next generation of human rights defenders.

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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.