Last week, on World Social Justice Day, we had the honor of announcing and celebrating the three winners of the biennial Grassroots Justice Prize. Please join us in congratulating the winners!
Nossas Cidades, Brazil
Achmed Dean Sesay Memorial Prize for Innovation
Nossas Cidades educates citizens on the rights afforded to them by law when they are confronted by state violence. They train people to gather evidence and file claims, then monitor the progress of cases. Their innovative use of technology, whether via social media, the internet, and mobile phone apps, ensures that public officials and law enforcement are held accountable for their actions.They are at the cutting edge of legal empowerment efforts today.
Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice, USA/Mexico
Nomboniso Nangu Maqubela Memorial Prize for Scale and Sustainability
Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice helps migrant farmworkers from Mexico organize to improve the working conditions in the fields in the US. CMJW trains these farmworkers on their legal rights, helps them to bring legal claims before government agencies, and raises awareness of unlawful practices and deficient laws and enforcement mechanisms. Their close collaboration with unions and use of community fundraising makes their work sustainable and scalable. They are a shining example of how strategic partnerships with like-minded groups can expand the scope and impact of legal empowerment efforts.
Kav LaOved, Israel
#WalkTogether Prize for Courage
Kav LaOved defends workers’ rights and ensures the enforcement of Israeli labor law which is designed to protect every worker in Israel, irrespective of nationality, religion, gender and legal status. Most of the workers Kav LaOved assists are marginalized foreign nationals whose first-language is not Hebrew and who hold temporary employment visas allowing them to live and work in the country. Employers frequently take advantage of these foreign and migrant workers because of their vulnerable status in the country. The work of Kav LaOved takes true courage: defending the rights of foreign workers often goes against the tide of public opinion in a hostile political climate.
For more information about the Grassroots Justice Prize competition, the winners, and the ceremony, visit Announcing the Winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize