WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

2020 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala

Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the best available public health recommendations relating to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), WOLA has decided to postpone our 2020 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala. The Gala will now be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020.


2020 Honorees

Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center

For their commitment to supporting, protecting, and defending migrants, asylum applicants, refugees and their families on the Mexico-Guatemala border.

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX)

For her leadership in restoring the human rights of asylum seekers at a time when the treatment of this population is anything but humane and dignified.

2020 Featured Speakers

To be announced

2020 Co-Chairs

Alfredo Corchado

Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

2020 Host Committee

Nancy Belden
Rep. David Bonior
Lynne Horning
Sandra Grossman
Marlene Johnson
Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella
Cynthia McClintock
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Cecilia Muñoz & Amit Pandya
Joy & Eric Olson

2020 Honorary Committee

Sen. Sherrod Brown
Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi,
Speaker of the House
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro
Rep. Eliot L. Engel
Rep. Tom Emmer
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva
Rep. Deb Haaland
Rep. Jim Himes
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Hank Johnson
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. David E. Price
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Mark Takano
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz



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 2020 Human Rights Awards Ceremony 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.