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Border Network for Human Rights Honors USHRF


BNHR Award Dinner

PIP’s U.S. Human Rights Fund (USHRF) was honored with the Visionary Award by the Border Network For Human Rights (BNHR) at their 12 Year Anniversary Dinner in El Paso, Texas, on August 20. More than 100 BNHR members, government officials and allies attended the celebration.

“We feel that the vision and objectives of the U.S. Human Rights Fund greatly benefit and advance the human rights work and advocacy many organizations are actively pursuing,” shared Fernando Garcia, Executive Director of BNHR. Sue Simon, PIP’s Director of Human Rights, accepted the award on behalf of the USHRF.

The USHRF was in good company at the awards event. El Paso County Commissioner Veronica Escobar received the Safe Communities Award for her long commitment to promoting equality for marginalized communities and for her strong stand against prejudice, racism and xenophobia. Margaret Huang, Executive Director of the Rights Working Group (RWG) accepted the Advocacy Award for RWG’s efforts to challenge ill-conceived immigration policies that violate the civil and human rights of immigrant families.

Rights Working Group and Border Network for Human Rights are both “core grantees” of the U.S. Human Rights Fund, a designation that indicates the critical capacity building role these organizations play within the broader human rights field. “For the Fund to be recognized along with Veronica Escobar and Margaret Huang, two leading human rights advocates who are making a difference at both a local and national policy level, is truly an honor,” noted Sue Simon. “And to be given this award by BNHR, an organization that is empowering folks living in border regions to secure their dignity and rights, could not be more special.”

BNHR, a long-term partner of the both the USHRF and PIP’s Four Freedoms Fund, facilitates the education, organizing and participation of marginalized border communities to defend and promote human and civil rights to create political, economic and social conditions in which every human being is equal in dignity and rights. More than 700 families work with BNHR to defend and advocate for human and civil rights recognition for all. BNHR recently garnered significant media attention for the release of a report and polling data (conducted with the Reuel Group) on perceptions of safety among border residents. The findings challenge a vision of mayhem, violence and chaos that is promoted by conservative politicians and nativist groups.