The WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala
The WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala
Every year, WOLA honors organizations or individuals who have worked tirelessly to promote human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America. Our awardees are organizations or individuals who exemplify a commitment to WOLA’s vision for the future, where human rights and social justice are the foundation for public policy.
For more information about the WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala, please contact Kelly McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-797-2171.
U.S. Congressman George Miller
-for his steadfast commitment to human rights and social justice
Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General from Guatemala
-for her unfailing pursuit of justice and accountability
On November 12, 2014, WOLA celebrated it's 40th anniversary with its largest gala to date. Over 420 guests gathered at Washington's Union Station to honor two long-time allies of WOLA, Congressman George Miller and Claudia Paz y Paz. For video highlights from the evening, please click here.
Photography by Kendra Joy Photography
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin
-for his 40 years of congressional leadership on human rights in Latin America
Ambassador Milton Romani Gerner
-for pioneering the search for effective, human rights-respecting alternatives to the failed war on drugs
- for her courageous coverage of Mexico’s drug-related violence and her work to protect journalists who give a voice to its victims
On October 24, 2013, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) held its annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The WOLA Human Rights Award is an opportunity to honor inspiring people for their deep commitment to human rights and social justice in Latin America. To see highlights from the evening, please click here. To see photos of the event, please click here or scroll to the bottom of the page. The event was highlighted in the February, 2014 issue of Washington Life Magazine, which can be seen here.
- for her work to professionalize the police and judicial system in Guatemala
- for investigative journalism that shines a spotlight on corruption and organized crime
PASSOS Education and Training Center
- for innovative community programs to stop crime before it starts by working with at-risk youth in El Salvador
On September 19, 2012, WOLA awarded its sixth annual Human Rights Awards as part of its Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala, which took place at the Maison Francais in Washington, DC. The evening, based around the theme "Overcoming Violence: The New Human Rights Agenda," celebrated the innovative work done by our honorees to address the growing rates of violence in their communities
Gael García Bernal, Actor
- for fostering deeper understanding and visibility of migrant issues.
Ambulante Film Festival
- for using documentaries as a tool for change.
The Education Corporation for Costa Rican Development (CEDECO)
- for promoting a successful and climate-smart economic model for small-scale farmers in Central America.
AFRODES: Association of Internally Displaced Colombians
- for its defense and promotion of human rights in Colombia.
Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile
- for her sustained and invaluable leadership on human rights in Latin America.
Tlachinollan Human Rights Center of Mexico
- for their courageous work to address the grave human rights violations of the vulnerable and marginalized indigenous populations in the state of Guerrero.
Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, Organization of American States
- for revitalizing the OAS’ role as a forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and facing shared problems.
U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd
- for his leadership role on Latin American issues throughout his tenure in the Congress.
The University of Central America (UCA), El Salvador
- for its consistent and effective work to end human rights abuses and impunity over two decades.
U.S. Congressman James P. McGovern
- for for his defense of human rights in Colombia and his work to provide funding for economic and social needs over
Mercedes Doretti, Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team
- for its contribution to the search for truth, justice, and prevention of and reparation for human rights violations.
Fredy Peccerelli, Forensic Anthropology Team of Guatemala
- for their efforts to provide answers and solace to thousands of families of the disappeared in Guatemala.
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Alma Angotti & Bill Garcia
Belden Russonello Strategists
Marc & Leonor Blum
David & Judy Bonior
Communications Workers of America
Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero
Foley Hoag LLP
William & Carol Gehl
Louis & Nancy Goodman
The Moriah Fund
Paul & Trisha Reichler
Seattle International Foundation
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Alexander Wilde & Anne Pérotin-Dumon
American University Washington College of Law
Robert Kogod Goldman
Kevin J. Healy
David Holiday and the Open Society Foundations
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Vic Johnson & NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Bill LeoGrande & Marty Langelan
Lutheran World Relief
Ethan & Eileen Miller
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Kathryn Sikkink & Doug Johnson
Amb. Francisco Altschul & Melinda De Lashmutt Altschul
Michael Barnes & Joan Pollitt
Cuba Travel Services
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Patricia Weiss Fagen
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Grand Junction Design
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Dana Martin & Leyda Fajardo
John H. Sinclair
Mary Ann Stein
Stewart R. Mott Foundation
J. Ann Tickner
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United Mine Workers of America