Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards 2014

“What took place on September 21, 1976 is not just history but memory. The deaths of Letelier and Moffitt created a narrative that today we share – for comfort and strength.”
—E. Ethelbert Miller, IPS Board Chair

For 38 years, IPS has hosted its annual human rights awards ceremony to honor the memory of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt by celebrating new champions of the human rights movement from the United States and elsewhere in the world.

This year, IPS’ three exemplary awardees were recognized by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet in a video shown during the ceremony:



Special Recognition

Juan Mendez accepts his Letelier-Moffitt award

 Dr. Juan E. Méndez became a political prisoner in Argentina because of his legal defense of those threatened by torture and arbitrary arrest in the 1970s. Since being released and exiled as part of an international campaign, he has spent 15 years with Human Rights Watch, acted as Director of the Inter-American Institute on Human Rights, and is now a professor of International Human Rights Law at American University.


Domestic Award


Robin Reineke is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights
in Tucson, Arizona. The Colibrí Center maintains the most comprehensive dataset of missing persons last seen crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, and assists families in their search for missing loved ones while informing the public of the human rights crisis on the border. Previously, Robin worked for the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office, where she was part of a team which pioneered efforts to identify the remains of thousands of migrants who died in Arizona’s forbidding desert while crossing into the U.S.


International Award

IMD accepts their Letelier-Moffitt award.

The Mesoamerican Initiative of Women Human Rights Defenders (IMD) was created to respond to the alarming violence faced by women who promote social justice and human rights in the region. Founded in 2010 by six local, regional and international organizations, the Initiative brings together a range of women defenders — from journalists to LGBT activists, from mothers pursuing justice for family members to indigenous women defending their land against illegal mining.


For photos from the event, please visit our Flickr album.