November 12, 2013: In an evening of empowerment, the Student Task Force joined Human Rights Watch to honor Natalia Taubina (Russia) and Alina Diaz (U.S.) with the 2013 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.
Prior to the annual dinner and award ceremony, STF hosted a reception for students and teachers to meet the honorees and HRW researchers, Tanya Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW’s Moscow office, and Grace Meng, researcher in the HRW US Program. Students were inspired by Ms. Diaz, who works to protect immigrant farmworkers from sexual assault, and Ms. Taubina, who exposes police abuse in Russia.
Before departing the STF reception, Alina, Natalia, Tanya and Grace adopted EMUS slogans and added their “voices” to end military use of schools. Later in the evening, special guest Ashton Kutcher thanked Natalie and Alina for their courage and ongoing work.
Photos by Maya Myers
Watch videos from the STF reception