Human Rights Awards


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

May 1, 2006

Human Rights Awards to Be Presented on May 18

The Fairfax County Human Rights Commission will present its 28th annual Human Rights Awards at a banquet on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. The guest speaker will be the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The Human Rights Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in the area of human rights in Fairfax County. Accomplishments may represent a single significant activity or long-term commitment displayed through various activities. The winners are selected from nominees representing three categories: individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

For more information or tickets for the awards ceremony, call the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission at 703-324-2953, TTY 703-324-2900. Tickets are $50 per person and may be paid in advance or at the door. Reservations, however, need to be made by noon on Monday, May 15.

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1974 by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to eliminate discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, age or disability in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations, credit and education.

The 2005 Human Rights Award recipients in the individual category are:

Dr. Deborah Foreman
Foreman was selected for her long-term commitment to promoting human rights in Fairfax County. Among her recent accomplishments, as a member of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Citizens Advisory Council, Foreman helped plan the council's Teen Driving Forum created to reduce teen fatalities in the county. She is currently president of the Janice Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund, and she served two years as chairperson of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Project ACE-Mentoring program for collegiate students. Foreman also served as director of the Burke/Fairfax chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., and chaired its signature program, The Black History Forum, which aims to increase the awareness of the outstanding contributions of African Americans. Foreman also has served on a number of other committees and received several awards for her community service.

Harrell K. Fuller
Fuller was chosen for his exceptional organizational skills and writing ability, which helped a variety of local and international human rights and social justice causes forward. Fuller has been instrumental in getting his church — the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax — along with other UU congregations in the area and local churches of other denominations to improve the conditions of Fairfax County’s less fortunate residents in the areas of self-improvement and shelter. He is co-founder and past-president of the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. region’s Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, organized to enable individual congregations to speak together in order to have a more effective voice on issues of human rights and social justice. Fuller has used his talents to encourage UUCF to take on a Habitat for Humanity project to build a house in Fairfax County. He then recruited other churches to assist and cooperate in the effort.

Dr. Young W. Kang
Kang, who was left blind as a teenager after a soccer accident in Korea, was selected for his work on issues ranging from the inclusion of people with disabilities in emergency planning to cultural differences and attitudes in empowering people with disabilities. He has tackled substantive policy issues by starting the Education and Rehabilitation Exchange Foundation to educate Korea about the policies and resources available in the United States. He urged passage of legislation in Korea similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and former President George H. W. Bush and former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh aided in his efforts. Kang has served on the boards of Goodwill Industries International and the National Organization on Disability, and he currently is a senior advisor to the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and vice chairman of the World Committee on Disability. Current President George W. Bush nominated Kang in 2001 to serve on the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that makes recommendations to the president and to Congress on issues affecting the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Imam Mohamed Magid
Magid was chosen for his efforts to strengthen community understanding and respect through promoting multi-cultural community dialogues. He helped increase interfaith participation and response to human service needs and challenges. The dialogues provide people of different cultural, ethnic and faith groups with an opportunity to share and interact in a safe, facilitated setting as a way to promote deeper conversations and respect, and reduce community fear and bias. Magid’s hope is that during times of community crisis, the understanding and respect fostered through the dialogues and relationship developed will bring people together to effectively respond and recover from the challenges that present themselves during such times. Over the past three years, Magid’s leadership has prompted Fairfax County residents to organize community dialogue steering committees in McLean, Annandale and Reston/Herndon.

The 2005 Human Rights Award recipient in the nonprofit organization category is:

The Committee for Helping Others
The purpose of the CHO is to provide charity to needy persons in the community. The CHO’s primary geographic area of charitable work includes Vienna, Oakton, Merrifield and Dunn Loring. The aid provided includes, but is not limited to, emergency services, food distribution, furniture distribution, clothes distribution, transportation and Meals on Wheels. During the 2004-05 fiscal year, the CHO paid 350 bills for individuals and families in need, and it provided 1,350 pieces of furniture to 450 families. Approximately 885 people were provided with clothing during the same period and more than 1,000 individuals received food or food certificates, thanks to the efforts of the CHO.

The 2005 Human Rights Virginia Peters Fair Housing Award recipient is:

The Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS
The Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS has been committed to supporting equal opportunity in housing in Fairfax County and all of the jurisdictions in Northern Virginia and has taken an active role in communicating compliance efforts and strategies of all fair housing laws and amendments. NVAR proactively generates an awareness of people’s rights under the fair housing laws through continuing education classes for its REALTOR members. NVAR has adopted a policy that a cooperative partnership approach to addressing fair housing issues helps to eliminate discrimination for the real estate market. To that end NVAR has entered into a Voluntary Affirmative Marketing Agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aimed at providing minorities equal access to homes and mortgage loans. In addition, NVAR formed the Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity Committee to work with Fairfax County and other local governments to stay up to date in fair housing news and communicate that news to its membership.

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