Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award

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The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award is awarded annually by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Policy Studies. It is awarded to those advancing the cause of human rights in the Americas. The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award commemorates Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt, who in 1976 were assassinated in Washington, D.C. by agents of the Chilean secret service. It was first presented in 1978.[1]

Award recipients[edit]

1978 Samuel Rubin

Reverend Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

1979 The Association of Relatives of Disappeared People, Chile

Alfred "Skip" Robinson, United League of Mississippi

1980 The Legal Aid Office of the Archdiocese of San Salvador

Reverend William Wipfler, National Council of Churches

1981 Jacobo Timerman

The Congregation of Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic

1982 Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns of São Paulo, Brazil

The Infant Formula Action Coalition

1983 Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) of Argentina

Father J. Bryan Hehir, U.S. Catholic Conference

1984 Dr. Ramon Custodio, President, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras

The Sanctuary Movement

Reverend Charles Harper (Special Recognition Award)

1985 The Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM) of Guatemala

The Free South Africa Movement

Frances Arbour (Special Recognition Award)

1986 The Vicariate of Solidarity (Chile)

Pete Seeger

1987 Bishop Mario Melanio Medina (Paraguay)

Washington Office on Latin America

1988 Radio Soleil (Haiti)

Charles L. Clements, M.D.

1989 The Union of Indigenous Nations of Brazil

The National Labor Committee in Support of Democracy and Human Rights in El Salvador

Robert Scherrer (Special Recognition Award)

1990 The National Human Rights Coordinating Committee of Peru

Richard Trumka, President, United Mine Workers Union of America

Father Jim Felts and Proyecto de Cristo Rey (Special Recognition Award)

1991 Jorge Gomez Lizarazo, President, Regional Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Barrancabermeja, Colombia

La Mujer Obrera, El Paso, Texas

1992 Evans Paul, Mayor of Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Sam Buffone and Michael Tigar, lawyers for the Letelier-Moffitt Case

Saul Landau (Special Recognition Award)

1993 Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia and Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center in Chiapas, Mexico

Marian Kramer and the National Welfare Rights Union

1994 Harry Belafonte (Special Recognition Award)

Coalition for Justice in the Maquiladoras

Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE)

1995 Jennifer Harbury (Special Recognition Award)

Rose Johnson, Georgia Project Director of the Center for Democratic Renewal

Haitian Human Rights Platform

1996 Pharis Harvey (Special Recognition Award)

Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

Leo Valladares

1997 The Rev. Dr. Mac Charles Jones (Special Recognition Award, posthumously)

Sin Fronteras Organizing Project

Alianza Civica

1998 Rose Sanders

Coordinacion Colombia-Europa

1999 Juan Garces

Kensington Welfare Rights Union

2000 Oscar Olivera, Coordinator in Defense of Water and Life (Bolivia)

November Coalition

2001 25th Anniversary

All prior recipients honored

2002 Bishop Álvaro Ramazzini (Guatemala)

Jobs with Justice

Naúl Ojeda (Special Recognition Award, posthumously)

2003 Nancy Sanchez Mendez

CASA de Maryland

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Special Recognition Award)

2004 Seymour Hersh

Military Families Speak Out

2005 Judge Juan Guzmán

Barrios Unidos

2006 Maher Arar and Center for Constitutional Rights

Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign

2007 Senator Gustavo Petro (Colombia)

Appeal for Redress

DC Vote (Special Recognition Award)

2008 Francisco Soberón and the Asociación Pro-Derechos Humanos (Peru)

Indian Workers Congress

2009 Domestic Workers United

La Mesa Nacional Frente a la Minería Metálica en El Salvador

2010 National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

Honduras Human Rights Platform

Guatemala National Police Archives

2011 Wisconsin Progressive Movement

Bethlehem, The Migrant's Shelter (Mexico)

2012 City Life/Vida Urbana

The Chilean Students Movement (Confederation of Chilean Students) (Chile)

2013 50th anniversary of IPS

All prior recipients honored

2014 Robin Reineke of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights

The Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders

Juan E. Méndez (Special Recognition Award)

2015 Daryl Atkinson and the Southern Center for Social Justice

Almudena Bernabeu and the Center for Justice and Accountability

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