Virtual Gala

A Celebration of Health and Human Rights Heroes

PHR Virtual Gala: A Celebration of Health and Human Rights Heroes

Sunday, May 15, 2022 | 6:00 pm ET

At our annual gala, Physicians for Human Rights recognizes brave medical professionals for their steadfast commitment to advancing human rights around the world.

This year’s event honors health workers upholding human rights – both those who have faced attacks and allies in the field who champion their work to expose violations and hold perpetrators accountable.

On May 15, the Gala Committee, Board of Directors, and Staff will present the distinguished Physicians for Human Rights Award to: 

Robert S. Lawrence, MD, MACP

Founding member, board member emeritus, and past board chair of Physicians for Human Rights; and founding director of the Center for a Livable Future and professor emeritus of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dawn Wooten, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse whose commitment to medical ethics led her to speak out and demand justice for immigrant women detained by the U.S. government. Her testimony led to the closure of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility where she worked and documented medical abuses.

Houssam al-Nahhas, MD, MPH

Middle East and North African (MENA) researcher at Physicians for Human Rights. Prior to joining PHR, al-Nahhas worked on the front lines of health care response to the crisis in Syria, coordinating care, conducting field assessments, and serving as an emergency room physician in a field hospital in eastern Aleppo.

Health Workers in Myanmar

Medical professionals have been working under constant threat from the military regime as they continue to treat their patients and at times join the protests. The threats and attacks against health workers in Myanmar have been ongoing since the military seized power in February 2021.

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Photo (top): Protesters hold up their mobile phones during a candlelight vigil to honor those who have died during demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar on March 13, 2021. Photo by STR / AFP