Human Rights Awards Dinner

The 2017 Human Rights Awards Dinner will feature Mark Hetfield, president and chief executive officer of HIAS, a leading global agency assisting refugees, who will deliver the event's keynote address and will be presented with the 2017 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award. 

The event is being held:

Thursday, June 15
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Silent Auction
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Dinner & Program

Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN

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Mark Hetfield (pictured right) is president and chief executive officer of HIAS, one of the oldest organizations in the United States protecting the rights of refugees and asylum seekers forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. HIAS has played a major role in litigation over President Trump's executive orders.

Also that evening, Ilhan Omar, member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, will receive The Advocates' Special Recognition Award. Elected to the legislature in November 2016, Omar is the first Somali-American, Muslim woman in the nation to hold an office at this level. Prior to her election, she served as the Director of Policy Initiatives at Women Organizing Women, where she empowered East African women to take civic leadership roles in their community.

About the Human Rights Awards Dinner
A time-honored tradition, the Human Rights Awards Dinner is held each year to honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the human rights movement and to The Advocates' work. The Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award and special recognition awards are presented at the event. For information about award recipients and details of past events, click here.


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