WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
18 Nov 2014 | Video

WOLA’s 2014 Human Rights Awards

On November 12, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) presented its prestigious Human Rights Awards by honoring two distinguished leaders who have shown a dedication to advancing human rights in the Americas. To see a video of WOLA Executive Director Joy Olson’s opening remarks at the 2014 Human Rights Awards, or to see the honorees’ acceptance speeches, please see the videos below.

Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, made significant strides in the prosecution of organized crime and corruption during her nearly three-and-a-half years in office. Dr. Paz y Paz brought to justice prominent human rights abusers from Guatemala’s civil war period, most notably leading the team that assembled the case against former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt. A crusader for justice, the rule of law, and human rights, Dr. Paz y Paz was a 2013 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. WOLA honors her with its Human Rights Award for her unfailing pursuit of justice and accountability.

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), is a leading advocate in Congress on education, labor, and human rights around the world. Since he was first elected to Congress four decades ago, his courage and strategic vision have been at the forefront of the work for human rights in the Americas. From the days when he was a leader in efforts to end U.S. military aid to repressive regimes in the 1970s and 1980s to his vocal support for labor rights in Colombia today, he has been steadfast in his commitment to human rights and social justice.