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February 15th is the deadline for submission for candidates to be considered for the 2011 award.

The RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights (RFK Center) engages in long-term partnerships with its Award winners and their organizations to assist them in achieving their social change goals. The RFK Center provides legal and technical assistance, marshals resources, increases public awareness, and generates domestic and international political support for its Award recipients and their social movements. Together they develop and implement programs, striving to realize the recipient’s social change goals and to ultimately enhance the worldwide human rights movement.

Persons and, in exceptional cases, organizations working non-violently to promote and protect human rights of any race, creed, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation are eligible for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
Those working for social change within their country of origin and who have worked strategically and effectively to address serious human rights problems are given the highest priority. Often these human rights defenders and movements are working against tremendous odds and at great personal risk.

1) The nominee does not need to be widely known. Ordinary individuals are often made extraordinary by circumstances and principles. Working locally or in obscurity often requires particularly great courage. Although the RFK Center greatly respects and admires long-serving human rights defenders, this is not a lifetime achievement award.
2) The nominee should have an established reputation for integrity, creativity and commitment to principles of human rights.
3) The nominee should be associated with or perhaps lead a non-governmental organization which is a major contributor to a social movement working to achieve a specific social change. Persons working for a government or semi-government institution are not eligible.
4) In exceptional cases, organizations will be considered for the award.

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