Human Rights First Awards Dinner
2019 Dinner Awardees
2019 William D. Zabel Human Rights AwardMiroslava Cerpas Hernández, Technical Coordinator, Center for Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights
As technical coordinator at the Center for Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH), Miroslava Cerpas Hernández advances the rights of Honduran youth by strengthening legislative leadership skills of young parliamentarians. Cerpas promotes the rights of migrants and refugees displaced by violence, survivors of human trafficking, stateless persons, and others, by calling attention to the humanitarian crisis Honduras is facing on issues and documenting the exoduses commonly referred to as “migrant caravans.” As Honduras faces an economic crisis, violence and nation-wide corruption, Cerpas is a leading advocate for policies that protect her fellow Hondurans and reduce the causes of internal displacement.
2019 Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in EntertainmentThe Report
The Report explores the tireless struggle of Daniel J. Jones, supported by his boss, Senator Dianne Feinstein, to uncover the true nature of the cruel, unethical and ultimately ineffective "enhanced interrogation techniques" being employed by the intelligence community following 9/11 and to overcome concerted efforts by the CIA, and others in government, to suppress the findings of the nearly 7,000 page report.
At a time when our political debate is particularly rancorous and dispiriting, The Report is an important reminder of the impact that one individual can have by tenaciously pursuing the truth, even when it is ugly and uncomfortable.
Each year the Sidney Lumet Award honors a work of popular culture that raises awareness about human rights and provokes discussion about some of the most pressing political and social issues of our time.
2019 Marvin E. Frankel AwardHonoring 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: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Houston), Ballard Spahr LLP (Washington, D.C.), Kobre & Kim LLP (New York), and Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius LLP (Los Angeles).