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Human Rights First Awards Dinner

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Cocktail Reception at 6pm
Dinner and Program 7:00 P.M.
Chelsea Piers, Pier Sixty, New York City
Business or Cocktail Attire
Dessert and Cocktails to follow Program

2018 Human Rights First Awards Dinner Co-Chairs:
Tom and Andi Bernstein
Daniel and Alisa Doctoroff
Daryl A. Libow
Michael K. Rozen
Mara Frankel Wallace and Rick Wallace
William D. Zabel and Deborah Miller Zabel

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 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 2017 Dinner

Friar Tomás Gonzáles, Founder of La 72

In 2010, the Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas massacred 72 migrants who were attempting to reach the United States. Horrified by the crime and moved by the vulnerability of people fleeing violence in Central America, Friar Tomás Gonzáles founded La 72 as a lifeline for people in desperate need of protection. Today, La 72 is Mexico’s largest shelter for migrants. In 2016 alone, it provided food, water, shelter, spiritual guidance, and legal advice to nearly 14,000 people. For their courageous work, Friar Tomás and the staff of La 72 are in the crosshairs of Los Zetas, which has repeatedly threatened to kill them. Unbowed, Friar Tomás persists in championing the human rights of migrants and challenging the Mexican government to end impunity for crimes against the hemisphere’s most vulnerable population.

Past Dinner Highlights

2017 Awards Dinner

Highlights include honoree Friar Tomás Gonzáles and Lumet Award Honoree The Handmaid’s Tale.

2016 Awards Dinner

Highlights include honorees Khaleel Aldakhi, Ameena Saeed Hasan and Eye in the Sky.

2015 Awards Dinner

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

2014 Awards Dinner

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