STF Hosts Reception for HRW 2011 Defender Awardees

Human Rights Watch 2011 Defender Award recipient, Sussan Tahmasebi (right) with HRW Researcher, Faraz Sanei (left). Photo by Maya Myers

The Student Task Force joined the HRW California Committee South to celebrate the recipients of the 2011 Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. This year the award went to Sussan Tahmasebi, who raises broad public awareness about how discriminatory laws violate the human rights of women in Iran; and, Sister Consuelo Morales who defends victims from disappearances and abuses committed by security forces in Mexico.

Prior to the award ceremony, STF hosted a reception where fifty STF student leaders and teachers met directly with Ms. Tahmasebi and Sister Morales. STF was also greeted by HRW Emergencies Director, Peter Bouckaert, and researchers Faraz Sanei and Nik Steinberg from HRW’s Middle East and North Africa Division and the America’s Division respectively.

Photo by Maya Myers

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