2020 Human Rights First Virtual Celebration
OUT FRONT. IN ACTION.
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. This has been an unprecedented year of challenges and attacks on human rights around the world. From authoritarian leaders using the pandemic as a cover for consolidating power to crack down on the rights of citizens, to our own government preventing refugees and asylum seekers from entering the U.S., our work is needed more than ever. Human Rights First uses our expertise and that of our networks to help victims of human rights abuse, hold abusers and corrupt actors accountable, and find systemic solutions to the most pressing human rights problems.
Please join Human Rights First and special guests on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 for our virtual celebration as we honor the work of human rights defenders and champions and recommit ourselves to protecting human rights for all.
Ambassador Susan E. Rice
Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Master of Ceremonies
CNN Correspondent, Nick Valencia
60 Minutes Correspondent Scott Pelley
2020 MARVIN E. FRANKEL AWARD
HONORING OUTSTANDING DEDICATION
TO PRO BONO SERVICE
Judge Marvin E. Frankel was a founder of Human Rights First and former Chairman of our Board of Directors. Under his leadership, Human Rights First developed a nationally-recognized pro bono representation program that has grown to be the largest of its kind in the country. Through this program, our refugee representation team partners with attorneys in New York and Washington, DC and Los Angeles to provide free legal representation to thousands of refugees from over a hundred countries.
Judge Frankel dedicated his life to making a difference in the human rights movement, and every year Human Rights First honors his memory by celebrating exemplary pro-bono legal work.
Our Marvin E. Frankel Pro Bono Award Recipients are: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Williams & Connolly LLP, and Covington & Burling LLP.
The William D. Zabel Human Rights First Award
Every year for more than three decades, a courageous activist on the frontlines of the struggle for freedom and dignity has received the Zabel award. Recent recipients include: Friar Tomás González, who protects vulnerable migrants on the Mexican border; Yazidi human rights activists Khaleel Aldakhi and Ameena Saeed Hasan; European antisemitism activists Jane Braden-Golay, Siavosh Derakhti, and Niddal El-Jabri; Dr. Dennis Mukwege of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng of China.
Our 2020 Honoree is ALQST for Human Rights is an independent not-for-profit organization working for a Saudi Arabia where human rights are respected for all. Through its extensive network of sources within the country, ALQST monitors and documents human rights violations on the ground and brings these to the attention of the international community through advocacy, campaigns and events.