Blessed Oscar Romero Human Rights Award

The Human Rights Committee at the University of Dayton established the Blessed Oscar Romero Human Rights Award in 2000. The award commemorates the ministry and martyrdom of the slain Salvadoran Archbishop and honors an individual or organization whose work has contributed significantly to the alleviation of the suffering of the human family. The award itself, a bronze statue of Monsignor Romero, is an original piece sculpted by Emily Trick ('00) and Brother Gary Marcinowski, S.M., of the University of Dayton's Department of Visual Arts.

Award Recipients

2017: The Pastoral Land Commission of the Brazilian National Bishops’ Conference
Bishop Enemésio Lazzaris received the award on behalf of CPT in recognition of its decades of solidarity with the poor, the landless and those subjected to forced labor.
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2015: Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga
For his work with Caritas Internationalis.
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2010: Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
For their work with migrants, refugees and trafficked persons.

2007: Bernard Kouchner
Kouchner is the co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders).

2005: Juan Guzmán Tapia
For his prosecution of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges.

2004: Radhika Coomaraswamy
Coomaraswamy is the former special rapporteur on violence against women.

2001: Casa Alianza
For their work with street children in Central America.

2000: Juan Mendez
For his work with the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

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