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.

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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.

USA

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Health and Well-Being, Adequate Standard of Living

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Ethiopia

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Health and Well-Being, Adequate Standard of Living

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Afghanistan

Sonita Alizadeh

CHILD MARRIAGE

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USA

Lucas Benitez

FARMWORKERS RIGHTS

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Honduras

Bertha Isabel Zúñiga Cáceres

CLIMATE JUSTICE

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USA

International Indigenous Youth Council

ENVIRONMENT AND INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

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United States

Marian Wright Edelman

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

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Hungary

Gábor Gombos

MENTAL HEALTH

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USA

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson and Reverend Allyn Maxfield-Steele

ACTIVISM AND ORGANIZING MOVEMENTS

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United States

Van Jones

POLICE BRUTALITY

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Tibet

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

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Kenya

Wangari Maathai

ENVIRONMENT, DEMOCRACY AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS

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Uganda

Frank Mugisha

LGBTQ RIGHTS

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USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad

FREEDOM OF THOUGHT, CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION

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Russia

Marina Pisklakova

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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India

Kailash Satyarthi

CHILDREN'S RIGHTS/CHILD LABOR

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South Africa

Bishop Desmond Tutu

RACIAL JUSTICE AND TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

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Haiti

Loune Viaud

RIGHT TO HEALTH AND ADEQUATE STANDARD OF LIVING

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Burma

Ka Hsaw Wa

CLIMATE JUSTICE AND CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITY

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Romania

Elie Wiesel

GENOCIDE

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Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai

EDUCATION

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Bangladesh

Muhammad Yunus

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND MICRO LOANS

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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.

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.