Thank You for Making CJA’s 2012 Annual Dinner a Great Success

CJA would like to thank our generous sponsors and supporters who made our 2012 Annual Dinner, Celebrating our Victories in the Movement for Global Justice, a resounding success.  We feel very fortunate to be part of such a committed and vibrant community of human rights activists. 

Over 300 CJA supporters, partners and clients joined us on May 10th in San Francisco to celebrate our successes in holding high-ranking perpetrators accountable and providing redress to survivors of human rights abuses. 

The evening program provided powerful examples of some of the people who have made CJA’s work possible:

  • Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights,
    gave the keynote address.  She spoke eloquently about human rights and
    moral courage.  She shared personal stories about her early involvement
    with human rights issues from violence against women to working with
    refugees from El Salvador.  All of these experiences came together to
    set her on a path devoted to the pursuit of justice, the promotion and
    protection of basic rights, and the rule of law.

  • Patty Blum and Ambassador Robert WhiteAmbassador Robert White accepted the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award for his courageous and inspiring work for justice in El Salvador and Paraguay.  White spoke about his experiences as the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador where he exposed widespread atrocities committed by the Salvadoran government and military and his work with CJA on our Salvadoran cases.  To read more about Ambassador White, please go here.
  • We heard inspiring remarks from CJA clients Sophany Bay of Cambodia, Aldo Cabello of Chile, and Carlos Mauricio of El Salvador.
  • The Champion of Justice Award was given to Lydia Cacho for her work to hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable for their crimes despite threats to her own life.  She called on all of us to stand together in the struggle to stop violence against women. 
  • Leo Cunningham accepted the Partner in Justice Award on behalf of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
    for its demonstrated commitment to human rights and history of working
    with CJA.  Wilson Sonsini worked as pro bono co-counsel on the path
    breaking case which addressed abuses committed by Pinochet’s Caravan of
    Death, Cabello v. Fernandez Larios, and is currently co-counsel on Cabrera v. Jiménez Naranjo.

Thank you for celebrating with us; we feel very fortunate to be part of such a committed and vibrant community of human rights activists.  With your support, we look forward to many more victories in our efforts to hold high-ranking perpetrators accountable and provide redress to survivors.  Please find more photos of the event here.  For those who could not make it this year, we hope to see you at our 2013 Annual Dinner!

Sophany and Sarit Bay