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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Ceremony

  • Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325), Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC USA (map)

The IIYC has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for our work around environmental conservation issues, including preservation of water supplies near some of the poorest reservations in America. This marks the 50th year of the RFK Human Rights award. This year’s focus is on youth activists in the US.

The award ceremony is free and open to the public. We welcome our community to join us in Washington DC to celebrate this achievement.


Invite you to honor the youth activists of today
Color of Change
The International Indigenous Youth Council
March For Our Lives
United We Dream

Recipients of the

With remarks by
President, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 | 11:30AM
Kennedy Caucus Room (SR-325) | Russell Senate Office Building | Washington, D.C. 
Entrance located on Constitution Avenue and First Street NE

Questions can be directed to Monsieree at or 206-335-1991
Seating is limited

COLOR OF CHANGE  is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over one million members, Color of Change moves decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. The organization empowers our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom—as a means of building the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. Color of Change’s work—both rapid response and long-term campaigns for change—amplifies the voices of Black folks and our allies, building power and delivering meaningful wins that create consequences for racial injustice and build momentum for implementing solutions that move Black people and all people forward. For more information, visit:

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES  is a non-profit organization created by the current students and alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Rising from the ashes of tragedy, these young adults have sparked a fire in the hearts of every generation in America – specifically the youth, leading the next generation into a new age of political awareness and involvement. The purpose of the group is to fight for common sense gun reform and to communicate the need for a large, educated voter force. With nonpartisan messaging, this organization strives to pass legislation that will safeguard every citizen of our country. Victims of all types of gun violence have been unheard for far too long, and March For Our Lives will assure that their stories are spread and remembered. For more information, visit:

UNITED WE DREAM (UWD) is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States. The organization stands against sexism, misogyny and male-centered leadership while uplifting womxn leaders and the leadership of LGBTQ people, and works to make our spaces accessible to people of all abilities and seeks to stand in solidarity and partnership with all who share our values. For more information, visit:

THE INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS YOUTH COUNCIL (IIYC) is an organization that was started and led by womxn and two-spirit peoples during the Standing Rock Indigenous Uprising of 2016, while peacefully protecting the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The organization has extended its reach by establishing chapters across Turtle Island, including Chicago, Denver, Texas (Yanaguana Chapter), New Mexico, and South Dakota. IIYC is rooted in the protection of the elements and has been brought together and continues to be guided by the prayer for the water. IIYC aspires to inspire young individuals to build bridges of solidarity and become leaders of their communities. For more information, visit: