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Human Rights First Awards Dinner

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Cocktails 6 P.M.
Dinner and Program 7:00 P.M.
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City

2017 Human Rights First Awards Dinner Co-Chairs:
Tom and Andi Bernstein
Daniel and Alisa Doctoroff
Gavin and Nerissa Hood
Liz and Michael Rozen
William D. Zabel and Deborah Miller Zabel

You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Human Rights First Awards Dinner. Each year at the dinner we honor extraordinary human rights activists, exceptional works of popular culture, and law firms that have provided exemplary pro bono representation to refugees.

Highlights from the 2016 Dinner

Khaleel Aldakhi and Ameena Saeed Hasan

Two years ago, the terrorist group ISIS launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi people and other minorities in northern Iraq. As part of its brutal onslaught, ISIS abducts Yazidi women and girls and subjects them to rape and sexual slavery.

Khaleel Aldakhi and Ameena Saeed Hasan—a married couple living near the Iraq-Syria border—saw the horror and knew they had to help, so they set up a rescue network. They receive furtive calls from enslaved women and make the perilous journey to rescue them. They help survivors recover from trauma and press for international help for the Yazidi people. Khaleel, a lawyer, and Ameena, a former member of parliament, risk their lives to save these women and girls—a project they have made their life’s work.

Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment

Eye in the Sky, Directed by Gavin Hood

American popular culture has the power to move and educate millions of people—here at home and around the world. Each year the Sidney Lumet Award honors a work of popular culture that raises awareness about human rights and provokes popular discussion about some of the most pressing political and social issues of our time.

This year we honor the film Eye in the Sky for its powerful portrayal of the ethical dilemmas posed by drone warfare, including how political and military leaders assess “collateral damage”—a term for which the film provides much-needed humanity. Eye in the Sky raises essential questions about the use of drones for targeted killing, prompting even-handed reflection and public debate about how technological advances change the way we think about the use of force in a perpetual war.

Marvin Frankel Award

Honoring Outstanding Dedication to Pro Bono Service

The Marvin Frankel Award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of our longtime chairman and to recognize law firms that exemplify Judge Frankel’s extraordinary dedication to human rights and commitment to pro bono service.

This year’s honorees have done outstanding work on behalf of refugees, helping to set the bar for others to follow: Blank Rome LLP (Washington, D.C.), Latham & Watkins LLP (Houston), and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New York City).

Past Dinner Highlights

2015 Award Dinner

Highlights include honorees Jane Braden-Golay, Siavosh Derakhti, and Niddal El-Jabri.

2014 Award Dinner

Highlights include honoree Ryan Boyette and Lumet Award honoree 12 Years a Slave.

2013 Award Dinner

Highlights include honoree Dr. Denis Mukwege and Lumet Award honoree 42—The Jackie Robinson Story.

2012 Award Dinner

Highlights include honoree Chen Guangcheng and Lumet Award honoree Homeland.