Salem Award

Each year we recognize and honor an individual or organization that is speaking out and taking action to confront discrimination, promote tolerance and help victims of social injustice. In recognizing them we publicly acknowledge the powerful significance and the practical consequence of their work and join them in raising voices to foster tolerance, understanding and reconciliation within the communities we serve. They embody the integrity and courage of those who dared to support the women and men jailed and executed as witches in 1692.

To be considered for the Salem Award, individuals or organizations must demonstrate:
  • A commitment, through their work, to raising voices and confronting human rights and social injustice
  • Courage in the face of bigotry and intolerance
  • Efforts that advance the cause of human rights and social justice

Voices Against Injustice usually selects the Salem Award recipient in the fall and presents the award each spring in a ceremony open to the public.

Past Recipients
2017/2018 - The Ground Truth Project
2016 Anne Driscoll - For her ground-breaking contributions in overturning wrongful convictions
2015 Jose Antonio Vargas - For his tireless advocacy for immigration rights
2014 Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph - Restoring democracy, justice, and human rights to Haiti
2012-13 Thomas Doyle and Horace Seldon - Seventy years of commitment to human rights
2011 City Life/Vida Urbana - For fighting social and economic injustice
2010 Dr. Jonathan Shay, M.D., Ph.D. - For his work on the causes,treatment and acceptance of
post-traumatic stress disorder in soldiers and veterans
2009 Greg Mortenson - Co-founder and Executive Director, Central Asia Institute
2008 Coalition of Immokalee Workers - For its work to end slavery in the U.S. agricultural industry
2007 Eric Reeves - Champion for human rights and peace in Sudan
2006 Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift and Professor Neal Katyal - Lead co-counsels, Supreme Court Case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
2005 Paula Donovan - Senior Advisor, Office of the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
2004 Fahima Vorgetts - Director, Afghan Women’s Fund
2003 Jane Elliott - Educator and diversity trainer
2002 James C. McCloskey - Founder and Executive Director Centurion Ministries, Inc.
2001 Robert W. Raiche - Founder and Chairman Friends Forever