Press Release: Haitian activist Sonia Pierre to receive well deserved award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 14, 2006
1:10 PM
CONTACT: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial
Jeffrey Buchanan 202-463-7575 ext 241
buchanan@rfkmemorial.org
 

Dominican Born Haitian Rights Defender to Receive 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

 
WASHINGTON – November 14 – Sonia Pierre to receive 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for protecting the rights of Haitian immigrants and their descendants in the Dominican Republic. The award will be presented by Ethel Kennedy in a ceremony hosted by Senator Edward Kennedy at the Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building (Room 325) at 10:30 am November 17th, 2006. WHO: Award Winner, Sonia Pierre of the Dominican Republic, Director of the Movement of Dominican Women of Haitian Descent (MUDHA), the Dominican Republic’s leading organization fighting discrimination, violent mass expulsions and the denial of citizenship and human rights to Dominicans of Haitian descent.

Sonia has received national and international attention for spearheading a campaign using international legal action and public education to end discriminatory practices which deny as many as 280,000 Dominicans of Haitian living in the country and 25% of children in the Dominican Republic their right to nationality and citizenship.

This is the 23rd Annual Award Ceremony and the award marks the beginning of a partnership between Sonia Pierre and the RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights

• Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy

• Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA)

• Kerry Kennedy

• Jim Wooten, Master of Ceremonies and former ABC News correspondent

• Lynn Delaney, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Executive Director

• Monika Kalra Varma, Acting Director, RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights

WHEN: November 17, 2006 – 10:30 am to 12:00, Reception to follow

WHERE: Russell Senate Office Building: Room 325, Caucus Room

WHAT: The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984 to honor creative individuals from around the world who have dedicated their lives to overcoming serious human rights violations. The RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights will engage in a partnership with Sonia to help her achieve her goals of legal equality for Haitians immigrants and their descendants in the Dominican Republic.

Source: Robert F. Kennedy Memorial (http://www.rfkmemorial.org/)

Available for Interviews: Please call (202) 463-7575 ext 241 or email buchanan@rfkmemorial.org for availability.

Sonia Pierre (speaks Spanish — will travel with translator), 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Winner and Director of Movement of Dominican Women of Haitian Descent (MUDHA). She will be available for comment via phone or meetings in Washington, DC November 12-17th.

Monika Kalra Varma, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights Acting Director and expert on human rights crisis facing Haitian people.

Jeffrey Buchanan, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Chief Spokesperson

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