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Arlington presents the 14 Annual James B. Hunter Human Rights Awards 

On Thursday December 13, 2012, The Arlington County Human Rights Commission presented the 14th annual James B. Hunter Human Rights Awards, recognizing sustained commitment and /or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington by an individual, community group, non-profit organization or business. The award is named in memory of a former Arlington County Board Member who spent his years in public service working on behalf of those with little or no access to government.

Watch the the 2012 James B. Hunter Awards Ceremony



Keynote Speaker, the Judith Heuman, Special Advisor International Disability Rights 
U.S. Department of State

Keynote Speaker, the Judith Heuman, Special Advisor International Disability Rights 
U.S. Department of State (center) with 
Human Rights Commissioners, Diane Mull (left) and Kitty Clark Stevenson (right)

About the 2012 Winners 


Washington-Lee High School Best Buddies Club  (community group)(video)

Washington-Lee High School’s Best Buddies Club (community group) is a student driven organization that bridges the social gap between students with and without intellectual or physical disabilities by creating true friendships and the acceptance of differences. Although just two years old, Washington-Lee’s Best Buddies Club has been named one of its best chapters by Best Buddies International. Best Buddies, founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, today has chapters in 1,500 schools across the globe. The Washington-Lee chapter holds events throughout the year that offer a safe place for everyone to enjoy the benefits of being a High School student.


Wakefield High School's Project Upstanders (community Group)(video)

Wakefield High School’s Project Upstanders (community group) is a youth group that stands against bullying and protects the rights and dignity of fellow students. More than 125 Wakefield students have undergone intensive, day-long training to learn positive pro-social skills they use to combat bullying, harassing, stereotypical and prejudicial behavior among their peers.

Sara Heisey (individual), pictured with Human Rights Commissioner James Fisher (video)

 Sara Heisey (individual) a 2012 graduate of Wakefield high School, devoted much of her senior year to fighting for the rights of gender and sexual minorities. Heisey has been a powerful student advocate for inclusion, tolerance and diversity.

John "Kip" Laramie, pictured with Human Rights Commission Vice-Chair Roland Watkins (video)

John “Kip” Laramie (individual) is a business owner who, in many ways, has dedicated his life to help others obtain shelter, a healthier life and second chances. Laramie opened the Santa Fe Café in Rosslyn in 1988, and soon began giving away food to homeless in the neighborhood. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to increase services for the homeless. For the past several years, Laramie has served as head of the Homeless Services Committee of the Rosslyn BID.

Attendees at the 14th Annual James B. Hunter Awards Ceremony. 


See previous winners

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