Human Rights Awards Dinner (SPONSORS PREVIEW)

Human Rights Awards Dinner

The 2021 Human Rights Awards Dinner will be held virtually on Thursday, June 24, 2021. Please join us online to celebrate extraordinary human rights defenders and raise funds to advance human rights. 

You can register to attend, for free, using the form below. Please consider supporting The Advocates’ work with a donation. All contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


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. 

Award Winners

Congratulations to our Don & Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipients: Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, U.C. Hastings College of the LawWomen Against Violence Europe (WAVE), to our Human Rights Defender Award recipient, Darnella Frazier, and to our Volunteer Award recipients: Scott Smith; the Stinson Rapid Regulation Response TeamDotty Bieurance and Rhonda Phillips; the Immigration Court Observers Leaders Team; and Carrie Brasser.

These outstanding advocates have defended the right to seek asylum, helped individual victims of human rights abuses, documented human rights violations, coordinated grassroots movements, and helped The Advocates adapt to the pandemic. It is our honor to celebrate them on June 24.

Silent Auction

The Advocates’ unique silent auction will be open for bidding online from June 17-24. The auction features treasures from around the world, offerings from local businesses, and private dinners and getaways. All funds raised support The Advocates’ work.


Please contact Liz Kelleher by email or phone at (612) 746-4682.

Past HRADs

For information about award recipients and details of past events, click here.


Our sponsors are champions for human rights. To become a sponsor, please contact Liz Kelleher by email or phone at (612) 746-4682.

Human Rights Leaders

Faegre Drinker logo    Fredrikson & Byron logo    Robins Kaplan L.L.P. logo


Human Rights Partners

Dorsey & Whitney LLP logo


Human Rights Defenders

Stinson LLP logo


Human Rights Ambassadors

Thomson Reuters logo      Ballard Spahr logo      White and Case logo

Greene Espel PLLP logo     Jones Day logo      Lathrop GPM logo     Nilan Johnson Lewis PA logo    Taft logo   


Human Rights Allies

Ciresi Conlin logo   Maslon LLP logo      Cargill logo     KNN logo

Best & Flanagan logo Schwebel logo      Fish & Richardson logo    American National Bank logo    SUCCESS Computer Consulting logo

Chris Bercaw & Mary McKelvey | Aviva Breen | Karen & Rick Evans | Linda Foreman & Mel Dickstein | Dulce Foster & Joe Muretta | Barbara Frey & Howard Orenstein | Loan Huynh & Aydin Ozturk | Nazneen Khatoon & Hyder Khan | Kathy & Allen Lenzmeier | Sam & Char Myers | Jim & Sally O'Neal | Nancy Speer