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The 2021 Romero Human Rights Award honors Aura Lolita Chávez Ixcaquic, an environmental justice advocate and human rights defender from Guatemala for her struggle to preserve indigenous land from corporate exploitation and activism for women's and indigenous rights.

The ceremony program included: a song and prayer in the spirit of St. Oscar Romero and a Mayan spiritual reflection and counting-of-time ritual; a reflection on the legacy of St. Oscar Romero by Mauricio López Oropez, former executive secretary of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network; a speech and award presentation by University President Eric Spina; an acceptance speech by the honoree, highlighting the work she has done and the continued struggle for the protection of indigenous land in Guatemala; a poem from the renowned local poet Sierra Leone; and an overview of the Moral Courage Project's newest season Poison and Power: The Fight for Water from student team members Bridget Graham, Jared Marsh and Meg Deneen.


Designer: Bridget Graham