WOLA honors organizations or individuals who have worked tirelessly to promote human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America. Our awardees are organizations or individuals who exemplify a commitment to WOLA's vision of the future, where human rights and social justice are the foundation for public policy.Carlos Dada accepted on behalf of El Faro.
El Faro was founded in 1998 by Carlos Dada and Jorge Simán with a small group of journalists committed to reporting on subjects typically considered taboo, hoping to strengthen democracy and accountability in the country. Since then, El Faro has moved to the forefront of Latin American news organizations investigating organized crime, violence, and political corruption, with over 100,000 readers weekly. El Faro has showcased the ability of independent journalism to effectively monitor those in power, exposing organized criminal groups and powerful political interests, and becoming a major force for democracy and human rights in the country.You can probably jump to the 5-minute mark for Dana Priest's introduction or the 10-minute mark for his actual speech. "Denouncing human rights abuses saves lives" comes from Dada's acceptance speech.
You can also watch the entire ceremony here. Guatemala's Myrna Mack and El Salvador's PASSOS Education and Training Center were also recipients.
Congratulations to all the winners.