WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

2017 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala



Mayflower Renaissance, Washington, D.C.

Master of Ceremonies

Maria Hinojosa 

Honorary Chair

Diego Luna

Gala Co-Chairs

Mary Ann Stein

Peter Kovler

WOLA is honored to present the 2017 Human Rights Awards

to two powerful voices for human rights

Ford Foundation

Award to be accepted by Darren Walker, President

Kino Border Initiative

Award to be accepted by Fr. Sean Carroll, Executive Director


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.

Ford Foundation’s dedication to human rights has been a beacon of justice and inclusion for decades. They have had a profound impact on the promotion of human dignity as a crucial partner to countless organizations that work together to make our world more equitable.

Kino Border Initiative conducts courageous work on the U.S.-Mexico border, providing humanitarian aid and advocacy for humane U.S.-Mexico border and immigration policies. As those fleeing violence in Central America face increasingly hostile policies, the work of Kino Border Initiative is crucial to protecting human dignity and to influencing migration and border policies.

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


To learn more about sponsoring the 2017 Human Rights Awards, click here, or contact Katie Schoen, Philanthropy Manager, at kschoen@wola.org or (202) 797-2171.

2017 Honorary Committee

Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
House Democratic Leader
Rep. Michael E Capuano
Rep. Tony Cárdenas
Rep. Kathy Castor
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. David Cicilline
Rep. Rosa L DeLauro
Rep. Keith Ellison
Rep. Tom Emmer
Rep. Eliot L Engel
Rep. Ruben Gallego
Rep. Raúl M Grijalva
Rep. Luis V Gutiérrez
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Sander Levin
Rep. John Lewis
Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Rep. James P McGovern
Rep. Gwen Moore
Rep. Seth Moulton
Rep. Eleanor Norton
Rep. Beto O’Rourke
Rep. Mark Pocan
Rep. Jared Polis
Rep. David Price
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Norma Torres
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz




Champion Sponsor

Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella

Defender Sponsor

Cynthia McClintock

Leader Sponsors

Blum-Kovler Foundation/Peter and Judy Kovler

Lázaro Cárdenas Batel

Darryl Chappell

Louis & Nancy Goodman

Advocate Sponsors

Belden Russonello Strategists

Steve Bennett & Erin Loubier

Marc & Leonor Blum

Matthew Clausen & Margarita Diaz

Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero

Patricia Weiss Fagen

Bill Garcia & Alma Angotti

Kevin Healy

David Holiday

Marlene Johnson

Bill LeoGrande & Marty Langelan

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Janice O'Connell


Western Union

Alex Wilde & Anne Perotin-Dumon

Ally Sponsor

David & Judy Bonior

Ethan & Eileen Miller

Rachel Neild & George McCabe

Tom Quigley

Oxfam America

Partner Sponsors

Michael Barnes & Joan Pollitt

Chemonics International, Inc.

Kristina DeMain & Zack Shaeffer

Dechert LLP

Kathy Gille & Doug Tanner

Grossman Law LLC

Linda Land

Maggio + Kattar, PC

Richard Newfarmer & Margaret Sarles

Joy & Eric Olson

Grant Priest

Seattle Foundation

Mary Ann Stein

J. Ann Tickner