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Human Rights First Awards Dinner

Monday, October 28, 2019
Cocktail Reception 6:00 P.M.
Dinner and Program 7:00 P.M.
Dessert and Cocktails to follow Program
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, New York City

You are cordially invited to attend the 2019 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.

2018 Dinner Highlights

2018 William D. Zabel Human Rights Award

Márta Pardavi, Co-Chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee

As co-chair of the Hungarian Helsinki Committee (HHC), a leading human rights organization based in Budapest, Márta Pardavi serves on the front lines of the fight for the rights of refugees, migrants, and other marginalized groups in Hungary and across Europe. By providing pro bono legal representation to asylum seekers, monitoring and reporting on constitutional changes and threats to civil society, and bringing cases before the European Court on Human Rights, Márta and her staff work tirelessly to promote and protect fundamental freedoms. These efforts have landed her and the HHC in the crosshairs of Hungary’s increasingly authoritarian and ethno-nationalist government. Despite being vilified in state-friendly media and threatened with criminal penalties, Márta and the HHC have bravely vowed to continue their work in the finest tradition of the international human rights movement. While Hungary's government turns its back on liberal democracy and challenges Europe’s bedrock ideals, Márta and the HHC continue to provide a source of inspiration to men and women around the world fighting for the rule of law and resisting the politics of fear.

2018 Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment

RBG, Directed and Produced by Betsy West & Julie Cohen

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

We honor RBG, a revelatory documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A portrait of a history-making woman, the documentary spotlights her groundbreaking work as both a lawyer and jurist on behalf of gender equality, and reveals a legal legacy that has positively impacted the life of every American.

2018 Marvin Frankel Award

Honoring Outstanding Dedication to Pro Bono Service

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

These honorees have done outstanding work on behalf of refugees, helping to set the bar for others: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (New York City), K&L Gates LLP (Houston), Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP (Washington, D.C.), and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP (Los Angeles).

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.