WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

2020 WOLA Human Rights Awards and Benefit Gala

The 2020 WOLA Human Rights Awards & Benefit Gala is going virtual and you’re invited! Please join us on September 22, 2020 at 8 p.m. as we welcome a global audience to imagine an alternative approach to border and migration policy that is humane and respects human rights, celebrate our honorees, and have some fun. The event will include a (virtual) musical performance by legendary Afro Cuban jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill.

(c/o Arturo O’Farrill)


Fray Matías de Córdova Human Rights Center (Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico)

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.

Featured Speaker

Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama


Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border Correspondent, Author of Homelands

Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

Featured Musical Performance

Arturo O’Farrill

Host Committee

Nancy Belden
Rep. David Bonior
Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero
Louis & Nancy Goodman
Sandra Grossman
Lynne Horning
Marlene Johnson
Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella
Cynthia McClintock
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Joy & Eric Olson

Honorary Committee

Sen. Sherrod Brown
Sen. Ben Cardin
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Tim Kaine
Sen. Patrick Leahy
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. Hank Johnson
Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
Rep. Barbara Lee
Rep. Alan Lowenthal
Rep. Betty McCollum
Rep. James P. McGovern
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
Rep. Scott Peters
Rep. David E. Price
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Mark Takano
Rep. Juan Vargas
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz


Visionary Sponsor

Judy & Peter Blum Kovler Foundation

Leader Sponsors

Louis & Nancy Goodman
Lynne & Joseph Horning
Edgar James & Katherine Kinsella
Marlene Johnson
Cynthia McClintock
Western Union

Advocate Sponsors

Thomas Belden & Janice Miller
Nancy Belden & John Russonello
Joe Eldridge & Maria Otero
Mary Ellsberg and Michael Levi
Grossman Young & Hammond, LLC
Peggy Healy
David Holiday
William LeoGrande & Marty Langelan
Cheryl Morden & Reuben Snipper
Richard Newfarmer & Margaret Sarles
Helena Ribe
Louise Simone
Philippe Villers & Kate Villers
Alex Wilde & Anne Pérotin-Dumon

Ally Sponsors

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
James Bass
Juan & Jean Cappello
Lutheran World Relief
Winston & Strawn LLP

Partner Sponsors

Bernard Aronson
Steven Bennett & Erin Loubier
David & Judy Bonior
Catholic Relief Services
Sandra Conant
Lucy Conger
John Dinges & Carolina Kenrick
Kathy Gille & Doug Tanner
Claudio Grossman & Irene Klinger
Al Kamen
Vic Johnson
Linda Land
Brian & Peggy Sassi
Joy & Eric Olson
J. 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 2020 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. 

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