WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
31 Oct 2013 | Video

Highlights from WOLA’s 2013 Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala

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. Here are some highlights from the evening.

This year WOLA honored three courageous individuals who have changed the course of Latin America from the 1970s to today:

  • U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, for his 40 years of congressional leadership in making human rights part of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.
  • Marcela Turati, Reporter for Mexican magazine Proceso and Co-Founder of Periodistas de a Pie, for her courageous coverage that gives voice to the victims of Mexico’s drug-related violence and her work to protect journalists under threat by some of the region’s most violent criminal organizations. To see her acceptance speech, please click here.

Click here or on the short video below to learn more about WOLA’s work and trajectory.

Nearly 300 guests attended this year’s WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala, including Members of Congress, senior administration officials, and leaders in the nonprofit, business, and labor sectors.

Click here to see Ambassador Milton Romani and Marcela Turati’s moving acceptance speeches (video and transcripts available).

Click here to see a selection of pictures published in Washington Life Magazine, and here for more photos of the evening.

If you weren’t able to attend this fantastic and meaningful night, we hope you can join us next year when WOLA celebrates its 40th Anniversary. It is never too early to reserve a spot at WOLA’s Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala. If you already know that you want to attend next year’s event, please email Kristina DeMain at [email protected].

To see more photos from Washington Life Magazine’s coverage of the event please click here.

To see press coverage of the 2013 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony & Benefit Gala, see the links below.

CNN – July 19, 2013
Pulse America – August 1, 2013
El Economista – August 28, 2013
The Gazette – August 28, 2013
Terra – August 28, 2013
Montevideo.com – August 28, 2013
La Republica – October 23, 2013
Newton News – October 23, 2013
Junta Nacional de Drogas – October 24, 2013
Sociedad Uruguaya – October 25, 2013
El Siglo de Torreon – October 25, 2013
Partido por la Victoria del Pueblo – October 28, 2013
Proceso – October 28, 2013
Red de Periodistas de Juarez – October 31, 2013
La Prensa Gráfica – November 3, 2013
Mexico Voices Blog – November 4, 2013