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.
For her ground-breaking contributions in overturning wrongful convictions
José Antonio Vargas
For his tireless advocacy for immigration rights
Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph
Restoring democracy, justice, and human rights to Haiti
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.
Dr. Jonathan Shay
For his work in bringing attention to the causes, treatment and acceptance of post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and veterans.
Co-founder and Executive Director, Central Asia Institute
For his work in building schools, especially for girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
For its work to end slavery in the US agricultural Industry.
Champion, Human Rights and Peace in Sudan
Senior Advisor in the office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Activist and Director, Afghan Women’s Fund
Educator and Diversity Trainer
James C. McCloskey
Founder & Executive Director, Centurion Ministries, Inc.
Robert W. Raiche
Founder & Chairman, Friends Forever
Jane Schaller, M.D.
Founding President, Physicians for Human Rights
Leonard P. Zakim
Executive Director, Anti-Defamation League, New England Region
Teacher and Founder, S.T.O.P. Slavery That Oppresses People
Vicky Guzman, M.D.
Founder, ASAPROSAR, The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health
Labor Advocate and CEO, Malden Mills
Chinese Dissident, Political Prisoner, and Founder, The Laogai Research Foundation
Director (ret.), Boston Police Hate Crimes Unit
KKK Opponent and Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center
Gregory Allan Williams
South Central Los Angeles Riots Hero