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 WOLA's Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala, please contact Kelly McLaughlin at kmclaughlin@wola.org or 202-797-2171.

Past Honorees

2013 Honorees

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

Marcela Turati
- 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.

 

   
 
 

2012 Honorees

Helen Mack
- for her work to professionalize the police and judicial system in Guatemala

El Faro
- 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

2011 Honorees

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.


 


2010 Honorees

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.

2009 Honoree

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.

2008 Honorees

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.

2007 Honorees

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
military assistance.

2006 Honorees

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.