I got involved with Human Rights Watch four years ago when a friend invited me to the organization’s annual dinner. My commitment has only deepened as I have learned more about the non-profit. Through HRW, an activist like me can have an impact against the repression of human rights around the world from Los Angeles.
For over 30 years, HRW has been at the forefront of the international human rights movement, investigating human rights abuses and exposing the truth in order to bring about deep-rooted change. Throughout the globe HRW works with local activists who often risk their lives to protect the rights and dignity of others.
At the Voices for Justice Annual Dinners, HRW celebrates human rights defenders from around the world. HRW honors courageous individuals who have received our highest tribute — the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism – in recognition of their unwavering, fearless commitment to human rights.
Please join HRW for our Dinner in Los Angeles on November 12 as we honor Abbé Benoît Kinalegu with special guest Ben Affleck, and an acoustic performance by the Grammy Award winning group Ozomatli!
Abbé Benoît Kinalegu | DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Abbé Benoît Kinalegu exposes abuses committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and works to rehabilitate its victims. The LRA rebel group terrorizes citizens in central Africa by killing, raping, and abducting civilians, including children. Kinalegu helped establish an Early Warning Network to report suspected LRA activity via radio, and he also works on rehabilitation programs for LRA abductees who have escaped. He has become a powerful voice urging the international community to bring LRA commanders to justice. Human Rights Watch honors Abbé Benoît Kinalegu for his commitment to protecting civilians and ending the threat posed by the LRA.
Ben Affleck, Special Guest
In addition to a successful career as an actor, writer, and director, Ben Affleck is also a passionate advocate and philanthropist. In 2010, Affleck founded Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), dedicated to supporting effective, local, and community-based approaches to sustainable economic and social development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ECI is the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.
This year’s Dinners are held in 16 cities worldwide: Amsterdam, Beirut, Chicago, Geneva, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Toronto, and Zurich.