ARLINGTON, Va. -- Two community groups and two outstanding individuals were selected as winners of the 2012 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award, the Arlington Human Rights Commission announced.
Wakefield High School’s Project Upstanders, Washington-Lee High School’s Best Buddies Club, Sara Heisey and John “Kip” Laramie are this year’s winners of the Hunter award, named for the former County Board Member, who spent years in public service working on behalf of individuals with little access to government.
The awards will be presented at a public ceremony and reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Arlington County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201.
U.S. Department of State’s Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, Ms. Judith E. Heumann, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people.
“These outstanding honorees represent the very best of Arlington,” said Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes. “From the halls of our public high schools, where students stand up every day to bullying and work to make every student, regardless of his or her intellectual abilities or sexual orientation, feel welcome; to the streets of Rosslyn, where a veteran businessman made it his business to care for those who have become homeless, the 2012 human rights award winners are helping to make Arlington a more tolerant, diverse and inclusive community."
The James B. Hunter Award recognizes sustained commitment and /or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington by an individual, community group, non-profit organization or business.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world, including the Pentagon, Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.