The Human Rights Action Center was founded by Jack Healey, renowned human rights activist and pioneer. An effective and innovative leader in the human rights movement for 60 years, Jack helped move the topic of human rights from closed-door diplomatic negotiations to widespread awareness, public debate, and direct citizen action. Colleagues credit him with making human rights a major focus of governments, advocacy organization, and individuals around the world.
Called ‘Mr. Human Rights‘ by U.S. News and World Report, Jack brought human rights to the global stage by his creative use of media and enlistment of world-class musical talent as advocates and spokespersons as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA for 12 years.
Throughout Jack Healey's many years working as a human rights activist, he has been recognized for his achievements through various awards. These include the Bill Graham Award in 1991, the 1989 Elvis Presley Award for the International Rock Tour of the Year, the 1996 House of Blues Martin Luther King Jr.: Spirit of the Dream Award, the 1985- 1986 MTV Video Music Award - Special Recognition, Humanitarian of the Year and the Pollstar 1988 Readers Poll Award. (These awards can also be seen on the media page) Jack has also been the recipient of seven honorary degrees from Universities across the United States For a full list of Jack's distinctions, please visit his LinkedIn page.