2020 Labor Rights Defenders Awards

The awards ceremony brings together policy leaders, labor activists, and an increasingly diverse group of internationalists who know that human rights and economic justice depend on the ability of workers and their advocates to speak out and defend human rights at work. We honor trailblazers, both nationally and internationally, for their innovation and visionary leadership in labor rights advocacy, from fighting for safe and just working conditions to demanding corporate accountability.

This year, the Labor Rights Defenders Awards will highlight the intersectionality of labor rights, environmental issues, and children’s rights. Our four honorees in 2020 are:

  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), for her work connecting labor movements with environmental and women’s movements;
  • Lorretta Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, for her lifetime dedication and leadership to advancing the rights of educators and children in the U.S. and globally;
  • The General Agricultural Workers Union of Ghana (GAWU) for their work to organize and advocate for cocoa farmers’ rights and livelihoods and for its advocacy to stop child labor in the cocoa sector; and
  • The Chicago Teachers’ Union as one of the leading campaigns bridging teachers’ rights and children’s rights within the U.S.-wide Red for Ed campaign.

Sponsorship opportunities are available here.

Please join us:
June 11, 2020 | 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
Washington, DC

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception with Light Dinner Fare
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Each ticket is $175. The amount of your donation above $70 per ticket is tax-deductible.

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