WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

2019 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala

2019 Honorees

Efecto Cocuyo

For their vital journalism of Venezuela in crisis and their courageous defense of democracy.

 Rep. Norma Torres

For her visionary leadership in Congress on behalf of human rights and justice in Central America.

2019 Co-Chairs

Mary Kay Henry, SEIU, President

Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella

2019 Featured Speakers

The Honorable Claudia Paz y Paz

Rep. Jim McGovern

Patrick Gaspard,

Open Society Foundations, President

2019 Host Committee

José Arturo Aguilar
Nancy Belden
Steve Bennett & Erin Loubier
Rep. David Bonior
Pat Castleman
Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero
Juan Gonzalez
Louis & Nancy Goodman
Sandra Grossman
Marlene Johnson
Ambassador Roberta Jacobson
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Cynthia McClintock
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Cecilia Muñoz & Amit Pandya
Joy & Eric Olson
Rocio Saenz
George Withers

2019 Honorary Committee

Sen. Sherrod Brown
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi,
Speaker of the House
Rep. TJ Cox
Rep. Eliot L Engel
Rep. Veronica Escobar
Rep. Raúl M Grijalva
Rep. Deb Haaland
Rep. Katie Hill
Rep. Jim Himes
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Andy Levin
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Rep. Nita M Lowey
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Jim McGovern
Rep. Seth Moulton
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. David E Price
Rep. Jamie Raskin
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. José E Serrano
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Mark Takano
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small

Thank you to our 2019 event sponsors!


Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation


Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella
Cynthia McClintock


Jules Bernstein & Linda Lipsett
Louis & Nancy Goodman
Marlene Johnson
Seattle International Foundation
Western Union


Tom Belden & Janice Miller
Nancy Belden & John Russonello
Steve Bennett & Erin Loubier
Leonor and Marc Blum
Darryl Chappell
Matt Clausen & Margarita Diaz
Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero
Juan Gonzalez
Grossman Young & Hammond, LLC
David Holiday
Bill LeoGrande & Marty Langelan
Marriott International
Jim Miller & Annette Furst
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Alex Wilde & Anne Pérotin-Dumon


Catholic Relief Services
Dechert LLP
John Dinges
Claudio Grossman and Irene Klinger
Kevin Healy
Victor Johnson
Maggio + Kattar, P.C.
Stewart Mott Foundation
RFK Human Rights
Ann Tickner


Every year, WOLA honors organizations or individuals who have worked tirelessly to promote human rights, democracy, and 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.

WOLA’s 2019 Human Rights Awards and Benefit Gala takes place at a time of monumental threats to human rights in the Americas. Now more than ever, it is critical to focus on the commitment and courage of those fighting for social justice.

Join us as we honor courage, commitment, and community in human rights. Become an event sponsor. Click here to learn more. 

To learn about past WOLA Human Rights Award Recipients, please click here.