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2013 Beacon Prize

Date: 
December 5, 2013 - 11:30pm to December 6, 2013 - 2:00am

2013 Beacon Prize Winner

Senator Robert "Bob" Dole

As he accepted the 1996 Republican nomination for President of the United States, Senator Bob Dole said, “I believe the ultimate imperative for growth and opportunity is to advance human dignity.” His long and distinguished public service career has embodied that philosophy. From the front lines of World War II, where he sustained the injury that left him permanently disabled, to his return to the United States as a highly decorated veteran with a desire to continue his service in government, Senator Dole has devoted his life to upholding our nation’s fundamental ideals. Perhaps there is no better example of his work to ensure dignity for all than the decades he has spent championing the rights of people with disabilities. In 1990, Senator Dole spearheaded bipartisan passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which President George H.W. Bush signed into law. Last year, he returned to Capitol Hill to press the United States Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities— a treaty declaring that all people, regardless of ability, deserve to live in dignity. Senator Dole rightly observed that ratification of the treaty would reaffirm the country’s “common values of equality, access and inclusion for all individuals with disabilities.” Senator Dole’s courageous leadership remains instrumental in advancing the rights of disabled people in the United States and beyond. Human Rights First is proud to honor Senator Dole by awarding him our Beacon Prize.

About the Beacon Prize


The Beacon Prize is awarded annually during the Human Rights Summit in Washington, DC to an individual or organization whose work embodies the best in the tradition of American leadership on human rights. Starting with Eleanor Roosevelt’s pivotal role in the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Americans – government officials and private individuals – have nurtured and shaped the human rights movement, turning the principles enumerated in the Declaration into action to transform lives. Read More

Honorary Host Committee

Sen. John Barrasso Sen. Bill Frist Sen. Joseph Lieberman Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Max Baucus Sen. Judd Gregg Sen. Richard Lugar Majority Leader Harry Reid
Sen. Sherrod Brown Sen. Tom Harkin Sen. John McCain Sen. Olympia Snowe
Sen. Susan Collins Gov. Dirk Kempthorne Sen. Robert Menendez Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Dodd Sen. Patrick Leahy Sen. George Mitchell Sen. John W. Warner
Sen. Richard Durbin Sen. Carl Levin Sen. Jerry Moran
Location: 

THE NEWSEUM, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013 | 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cocktail Reception at 6:30 pm | Dinner and Program at 7:30 pm