2021 Human Rights Award Ceremony
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award identifies and honors those who embody Robert F. Kennedy’s belief that the power of individual and collective moral courage can overcome injustice. Each year, we honor outstanding champions of social justice who stand up to oppression, even at great personal risk, in the nonviolent pursuit of human rights.
This year, we honored Guerline Jozef, executive director and co-founder of the Haitian Bridge Alliance. The Haitian Bridge Alliance is a leader in the immigration movement and the only Black and Haitian woman-led organization providing crucial services and advocacy at the US-Mexico border.
Watch the 2021 ceremony!
On October 27, laureate Guerline Jozef accepted the 2021 RFK Human Rights Award at a pop-up ceremony in San Diego, CA.
2021 Human Rights Award Laureate
Guerline Jozef is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the Haitian Bridge Alliance, and was one of the first responders to the Del Rio crisis in Texas. A world-renowned Haitian immigrant rights activist, Guerline leads the Haitian Bridge Alliance, a coalition of Black immigrants and activists serving the Haitian, and other Black immigrant communities in California and beyond.
Haiti is in a state of crisis. In the last four months, the country has experienced a number of major tragedies including the assassination of Haiti’s president in July, a devastating earthquake in August that killed thousands of people and left hundreds of thousands homeless, and Tropical Depression Grace just two days later.
Despite these dangerous conditions, the Biden Administration has continued to make use of Title 42, a racist and draconian Trump-era policy, to forcibly deport over 8,000 asylum-seekers, putting their lives at risk. We’re proud to partner with organizations like the Haitian Bridge Alliance to ensure that the dignity and rights of Haitian immigrants, Black immigrants, and all immigrants are protected.