“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Billie Jean King, a champion of women's empowerment, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, a detained Iranian human rights lawyer, received the 2020 Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes in a December 2020 virtual series sponsored by the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation.
Learn more about the recipients and view the remarks from the ceremony here.
Chai Feldblum, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Lambda Legal received the 2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes, at the historic Roosevelt House in New York City, Dec. 6, 2019.
View all remarks from the 2019 ceremony here.
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.
View all remarks from the 2018 ceremony here.