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2011 Gruber Justice Prize

In the face of formidable political, cultural and historical forces aligned against democratic values, Barbara Arnwine, Morris Dees, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Center for Legal and Social Studies, and the Kurdish Human Rights Project have courageously provided access to legal justice to victims of discrimination and oppression.

2011 Justice Prize Recipients

Laureate Profile

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is a leading force within Israel for the protection of human rights for all people, including Arab citizens living within Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It has sought to end the practice of racial profiling at airports and to protect the right to privacy and freedom of expression and other rights that may be threatened by national security concerns. ACRI has challenged restrictions on the movement of West Bank residents and has worked to increase access to health services, education and adequate housing. It has achieved remarkable success in the courts in the area of LGBT rights, including gaining recognition of same-sex marriages that were performed abroad, as well as the legal adoption abroad of a child by the biological mother’s lesbian partner.


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The 2011 Justice Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation is proudly presented to five recipients for extraordinary contributions over many years to human rights and the rule of law.

For over 35 years, Barbara Arnwine has promoted equal justice for disadvantaged groups both domestically and internationally.

For more than 40 years, Morris Dees has battled the many faces of injustice in defense of vulnerable groups. Through the Southern Poverty Law Center, he has been a courageous voice for justice.

For over 38 years the Association for Civil Rights in Israel has promoted and defended the rights of vulnerable communities in Israel and the occupied territories. It has been a courageous voice for the human rights of all.

For more than 30 years the Center for Legal and Social Studies has worked to eradicate human rights abuses in Argentina. It has labored to defend the legal rights of the vulnerable and to protect the human rights of all through the law.

For over 17 years, the Kurdish Human Rights Project has, both in the world and before the European Court of Human Rights, promoted and protected the human rights of all who live in the Kurdish regions.

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