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Posted on: December 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Snohomish County Human Rights Commission 2021 Human Rights Awards


Courtney Wooten

Snohomish County Human Rights Commission


Snohomish County Human Rights Commission 

2021 Human Rights Awards  

EVERETT, Wash., December 6, 2021  

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a call to freedom and justice for the people throughout the world.  Every day, governments that violate the rights of their citizens are challenged and called to task.  Every day, human beings worldwide mobilize and confront injustice and inhumanity.  Like drops of water falling on a rock, they wear down the forces of oppression and move the world closer to achieving the principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Each year, the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission reaffirms our belief that human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. On the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration, December 10, we gather to celebrate our progress in building a more just society by recognizing the contributions of our local citizens in that effort.

We invite our county’s communities to celebrate with us by honoring the 2021 Human Rights Awards nominees and winners in recognition of their contribution to making our county a place that honors the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of our human family.

Awards fall under three categories: 

    Human Rights Award 

    Young People’s Award

    Transformational Leadership Awards

All nominees were Snohomish County residents as of the date of nomination and all have made significant contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights in SNOHOMISH COUNTY between September 2020 and September 2021. This year’s nominees include: 

    Michael Adams

    Kathryn Lewandowsky

    Farmer Frog

    “What Happened on First Street” Documentary Team

    Tom and Lael White

    Kristina Jorgensen

    Girls on the Run

    Marjorie Fields

    Kim Gorney

    The Hand Up Project

    Elizabeth Vogeli 

    Luke Distelhorst

    Esther’s Place

    Lisa Utter

    George and Pam Hurst

    Vanesa Gutierrez

    Salish Sea Federation of Democratic Women

    Everett Clinic Defense 

We hope you will be able to join us during our 2021 Annual International Human Rights Day Celebration on:

Friday, December 10, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Via Zoom:

In addition to celebrating our Snohomish County Human Rights nominees and award-winners, this event will feature a performance from Living Voices who will provide a powerful experience through “Native Vision,” a production that tells the stories of the Native American boarding schools and WWII Navajo code talkers. 

Human Rights Commission | Snohomish County, WA - Official Website

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission (SCHRC) serves as an advisory body to the County Executive, County Council, Office of Human Rights, and other county officers and agencies in matters concerning human rights. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation. See Snohomish County Code Chapter 2.460.020 and from that page, search for 2.460.020. For further information contact via email:

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