Award Winners

Beginning in 1992, the Salem Award has been bestowed upon a widely-varied group of individuals and institutions.  They have ranged from local, to national, to international figures and have represented issues including racial intolerance, economic injustice, slavery in the U.S. agricultural industry, labor advocacy, HIV/Aids in Africa, post-traumatic stress for U.S. service, education for women and girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan and many more.

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2016

  • Anne Driscoll

    For her ground-breaking contributions in overturning wrongful convictions

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2015

      • José Antonio Vargas

        For his tireless advocacy for immigration rights

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2014

      • Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph

        Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph

        Restoring democracy, justice, and human rights to Haiti

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2012-2013

      • Thomas Doyle

        Thomas Doyle

        Blew the whistle on the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church

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      • Horace Seldon

        Horace Seldon

        Founded Community Change Inc. (CCI) of Boston, a non-profit group that addresses racial issues through a variety of community activities.

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2011

      • City Life/Vida Urbana

        City Life/Vida Urbana

        For its work fighting social and economic injustice, especially in helping to save homes of those who have suffered mortgage abuses.

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2010

      • Dr. Jonathan Shay

        Dr. Jonathan Shay

        For his work in bringing attention to the causes, treatment and acceptance of post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and veterans.

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2009

      • Greg Mortenson

        Greg Mortenson

        Co-founder and Executive Director, Central Asia Institute

        For his work in building schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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2008

      • Coalition of Immokalee Workers

        Coalition of Immokalee Workers

        For its work to end slavery in the US agricultural Industry.

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2007

2006

      • Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift

        Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift

        Lead Co-counsels, Supreme Court Case, Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld

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      • Prof. Neal Katyal

        Prof. Neal Katyal

        Lead Co-counsels, Supreme Court Case, Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld

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2005

      • Paula Donovan

        Paula Donovan

        Senior Advisor in the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

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2004

      • Fahima Vorgetts

        Fahima Vorgetts

        Activist and Director, Afghan Women’s Fund

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2003

2002

      • James C. McCloskey

        James C. McCloskey

        Founder & Executive Director, Centurion Ministries, Inc.

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2001

2000

      • Jane Schaller, M.D.

        Founding President, Physicians for Human Rights

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1999

      • Leonard P. Zakim

        Leonard P. Zakim

        Executive Director, Anti-Defamation League, New England Region

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1998

      • Barbara Vogel

        Teacher and Founder, S.T.O.P. Slavery That Oppresses People

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1997

      • Vicky Guzman, M.D.

        Founder, ASAPROSAR, The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health

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1996

1995

      • Harry Wu

        Chinese Dissident, Political Prisoner, and Founder, The Laogai Research Foundation

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1994

      • William Johnston

        Director (ret.), Boston Police Hate Crimes Unit

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1993

      • Morris Dees

        KKK Opponent and Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

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1992

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      Gregory Allan Williams

      South Central Los Angeles Riots Hero

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