Subscribe to First Page and join our fight for human rightsSign Up
Home / Call for Nominations: The 2020 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award

Call for Nominations: The 2020 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award

Roger Baldwin Medal

Human Rights First is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award. Those involved in human rights throughout the world are encouraged to nominate individuals or organizations that have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to international human rights advocacy in areas such as the defense of civil society, protection of refugees, combatting of antisemitism and other forms of extremism, promotion of religious freedom, defense of the rights of LGBT persons, and advancement of accountability for human rights abuse, among others. The winner will be selected by a distinguished jury and will receive a trip to the United States to engage in advocacy, subject to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, and a $30,000 prize.* This year marks the 29th anniversary of the award.

Some criteria to consider and include when nominating an individual or organization:

  • The nominee’s work is unique or particularly distinctive;
  • The nominee’s work has been effective in advancing human rights in a country other than the United States;
  • The nominee faces risk or insecurity as a result of their work; and
  • The nominee would benefit significantly from receiving the Baldwin Award, in the form of enhanced protection, or in any other way.

Please use the form below to submit nominations. Nominations are due on June 30, 2020.

The Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award, named in honor of the principal founder of the American Civil Liberties Union and the International League for Human Rights, was established in 1989 and is presented in alternating years by Human Rights First (awarded to international human rights advocates) and the ACLU (awarded to advocates in the United States).

*Where applicable, the prize may be subject to U.S. tax withholding

Previous Recipients of the Award include:

2020: Albert Ho; human rights lawyer (Hong Kong)
2018: Mwatana Organization for Human Rights (Yemen)
2016: Janvier Murairi Bakihanaye; Anti-Slavery Activist (Democratic Republic of Congo)
2014: Kholoud Saber Barakat; Egyptian activist
2012: Bahrain Center for Human Rights (Bahrain)
2010: Jesus Tecu Osorio; The New Hope Foundation, Río Negro (Guatemala)
2008: Hawa Aden Mohamed; Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (Somalia)
2007: Ivan Cepeda Castro; National Movement for Victims of State Crimes (Colombia)
2004: Amigo Ngonde Funsu; ASADHO (Democratic Republic of Congo)
2002: Dr. Theirno Sow; Guinean Organization for Human Rights (Guinea)
1998: Kek Galabru, Thun Saray; LICADHO, ADHOC (Cambodia)

Nomination Form

Please explain why you believe this individual or organization should receive the 2020 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty.

The nomination should address the following criteria:

  • Why the work of the individual/organization is unique or distinctive;
  • How the nominee’s work has been effective in advancing human rights;
  • What security risks or difficulties the nominee faces in carrying out their human rights advocacy;
  • How the nominee would benefit from receiving the Baldwin Award;
  • Whether the nominee has consented to be nominated.

If you are nominating an individual, please send a resume and description of the person’s work. If you are nominating an organization please provide: a brief history of the organization; a statement of its goals; and a description of its activities.

Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png txt rtf html pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods xml.

Please include 2-3 additional references that can speak to the nominee’s work.

Supplemental materials may be sent to: Baldwin Award 2020, Human Rights First, 805 15th Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005, or by email to [email protected] Such material could include (but is not limited to) recent reports or information published by the nominee, newspaper articles concerning the organization, and letters of support. Supporting materials in other languages should be accompanied by a translation.

Please submit this nomination form and supplemental materials no later than April 30,2020. For any additional information or questions please email [email protected] Thank you.

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.