2021 Un-gala

CJA Human Rights Begin at Home Un-Gala

Please join us at your home for the Center for Justice and Accountability’s Un-Gala as we celebrate our 2021 award winners, human rights, and international justice.

Champion of Justice

The Champion of Justice Award recognizes extraordinary contributions to the field of human rights. This year, we are honored to present this award to Ben Ferencz and Collette Flanagan.

Ben Ferencz was the chief prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case at the Nuremburg Tribunal and a pioneer in the field of international justice. The Nuremberg trials established a principle which is at the core of CJA’s work: That certain crimes are so egregious that they represent offenses against all humankind. Following his work at Nuremberg, Ferencz dedicated himself to studying and writing about world peace, going on to have a significant role in forming the International Criminal Court. At 101 years old, he continues to write and advocate for international justice and global peace.

Collette Flanagan founded Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) after her son, Clinton Allen, was shot to death by a Dallas police officer in March 2013. Her experiences seeking accountability for her son’s killing led to the creation of MAPB, which works to challenge police use of excessive and deadly force by empowering mothers and other family members who have lost loved ones to state violence. Over the past year, she has been at the forefront of bringing the struggle to end the extrajudicial killing of Black Americans to the international level, including at the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. At this moment when it is more important than ever to focus international attention on human rights challenges here in the United States, Flanagan has been a champion for justice and accountability.

Judith Lee Stronach

The Judith Lee Stronach Award honors individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to the movement for global justice. This year, it is our privilege to present this award to the Women’s League of Burma (WLB). This award recognizes the women and thirteen member organizations that make up WLB, and their leadership in advancing human rights for women of all ethnic and religious identities in Burma. Over the past two years, CJA has partnered with WLB in its efforts to advocate for stronger legal protections for women across Burma. In the aftermath of February’s coup, they have continued to advocate for the protection of women and a return to civilian rule, illustrating WLB’s critical role in preserving human rights and democratic values in Burma.

Partner in Justice

The Partner in Justice Award recognizes the remarkable partnerships that make CJA’s work possible. This year, it is our pleasure to present this award to Morrison & Foerster LLP and Dentons US LLP, CJA’s pro bono co-counsel in Boniface v. Viliena. Together, we are seeking justice on behalf of media activists and human rights defenders targeted for speaking out against government corruption in rural Haiti. Throughout this case, and especially over this past year of unprecedented logistical challenges to transnational litigation, the teams at Morrison & Foerster and Dentons have demonstrated impressive creativity and dedication in pursuing truth, justice, and redress for our clients.




GUARDIAN $10,000

Robert Flynn
Mina Titi Liu & Eric Rosenblum


King Family Charitable Fund
Keker, Van Nest & Peters
Mintz Group

JUSTICE $1,000

Caroline L. Scullin
William Aceves
Beth Van Schaack & Brent Lang
Carmen Cheung & Hirohisa Tanaka
Alan Mendelson
Syed Waseem Brelvi
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield & Mrs. Ivy Fine
DLA Piper
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP
Lisa Honig
Michael & Shirley Traynor
Ajay Krishnan & Annie Reding
Clayton Peters & Crysta Krames
Farah Brelvi & David Ball
Vijay Padmanabhan
Kathy Roberts & Aaron Loeb
Jane Rocamora


Gerald Gray, LCSW, MPH,
a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, founded CJA in 1998.
Yazidi women seeking justice, genocide survivors demanding justice and finding solidarity with other survivors.
Debevoise & Plimpton, CJA’s partner and co-counsel on our groundbreaking cases seeking accountability for the Lutheran Church Massacre

The Honorable Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein, Senator representing the State of California, led the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the CIA’s use of torture
Comisión Colombiana de Juristas, partner to CJA’s efforts on Colombia
Sherman and Sterling, pro bono co-counsel for Colvin v. Syria Arab Republic

The Honorable David Scheffer, former and first United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
Hassan Bility, Director of the Global Justice and Research Project, Liberia
Mintz Group

Youk Chhang, Executive Director, Documentation Center of Cambodia
Morgan, Lewis & pro bono counsel

Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues
Colectivo de Abrogados “José Alvear Restrepo”
Tara Lee and DLA Piper, pro bono co-counsel for Warfaa v. Ali

Navi Pillay, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and judge at the International Criminal Court.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Suleiman Ismail Bolaleh, Chairman of the Horn of Africa Human Rights Watch Committee, the leading human rights advocacy organization in Somaliland

The Honorable Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s former Attorney General who oversaw the genocide prosecution of President and General Efrain Rios Montt
Latham & Watkins LLP
Ahmed Salah, Coordinator for the Coalition of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution in Egypt, co-founder of the 6th April Youth Movement and of the Egyptian Movement for Change

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 
Ambassador Robert White, Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy and former Ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay
Lydia Cacho, Journalist and Founder of CIAM Cancún which works to hold perpetrators of violence against women accountable in Mexico

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Jose Pablo Baraybar, Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team, whose groundbreaking work has been instrumental in prosecutions of human rights abusers
William Neukom, Founder, President, and CEO of the World Justice Project and former CEO of the San Francisco Giants
Kamala Harris, junior Senator for the state of California former Attorney General for California and District Attorney for San Francisco

Cooley Godward Kronish LLP
Helen Mack Chang, founder of the Myrna Mack Foundation and partner in CJA’s Guatemala Genocide Case

Mario Joseph, Founder of Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux, a leading Haitian human rights legal NGO and CJA partner

Harold Hongju Koh, former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and Dean of Yale Law School.

Paul Hoffman, co-founder of CJA and leading international human rights attorney


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Baker Botts LLP
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wenzel
Beveridge & Diamond PC
California Labor Federation
Norton Rose Fullbright (formerly Chadbourne & Parke LLP)
Clinton Reilly Landmark Properties (formerly Clinton Reilly Holdings)
Cooley LLP
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
DLA Piper
Eagle Harbor Group LLC
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (formerly Farallone Pacific Insurance Services)
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP (formerly Fitzgerald Abbot & Beardsley LLP
Frisby & Associates
Gap Foundation

Ghosh Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Hadsell Stormer Renick Dai LLP (formerly Hadsell & Stormer, Inc.)
Holland & Knight LLP
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (formerly Keker & Van Nest LLP)
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
King Family Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Meyers Nave
Minami Tamaki LLP
Mintz Group
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Nolan, Barton, Olmos LLP (formerly Nolan, Armstrong & Barton, LLP)
O’Melveny & Meyers LLP
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Renne Public Law Group (formerly Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP)

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Rosen, Bien, Galvin & Grunfeld LLP
Roje Consulting LLC
Sack Properties
Salesforce Foundation
Sandler Foundation
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP (formerly Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP)
Sard Verbinnem & Co.
Shargel & Co.
Shearman & Sterling
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
SNR Denton (formerly Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP)
Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Patton Boggs LLP)
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Union Bank
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation
Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale LLP
Van Löben Sels/RembeRock Foundation