Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement

Eleanor Roosevelt served as the first Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Eleanor Roosevelt served as the first Chairperson of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

With the blessing of the Roosevelt family, CHR in 2018 established the annual Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement to recognize persons and organizations having a positive, enduring, and global impact in advancing the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed.

“Eleanor Roosevelt is our adopted patron saint at the Center for Human Rights,” said Hon. Bernice B. Donald, then-CHR Chair, at the Prize's inaugural ceremony at historic Roosevelt House in September 2018. “Not just because we love her, or for who she was, and what she meant to the international and national community; but also for what she had to say and how she boldly took a leadership stance on issues that really transformed the world.”

2019 Honorees

Chai Feldblum, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal received the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes, at historic Roosevelt House in New York City, Dec. 6, 2019.

Chai Feldblum (front right), and representatives of the ACLU and of Lambda Legal, pictured with James Roosevelt (far right).

Chai Feldblum (front right), and representatives of the ACLU and of Lambda Legal, pictured with James Roosevelt (far right).

View all remarks from the 2019 ceremony here.

2018 Honorees

Benjamin Ferencz, former Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecutor, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, received the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes at historic Roosevelt House, on Sept. 14, 2018.

Benjamin Ferencz (left), former Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecutor, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state.

Benjamin Ferencz (left), former Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecutor, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state.

View all remarks from the 2018 ceremony here.