Human Rights Awards to be Presented May 13


May 6, 2013

News Highlights

  • Fairfax County Human Rights Commission presents Human Rights Awards to Conrad Egan, PRS Inc., CrisisLink and Erica Brouillette.
  • Guest speaker is civil rights activist and freedom rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

The Fairfax County Human Rights Commission will present its 35th annual Human Rights Awards at a ceremony on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center’s Forum, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Va. 

The guest speaker is civil rights activist and freedom rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Raised in Virginia, she played an important part in the Mississippi civil rights movement. As a 19-year-old university student, Mulholland arrived in Jackson, Miss., by way of the Illinois Central Railroad from New Orleans, as part of the June 4, 1961, Mississippi Freedom Ride. An active Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) member, she participated in the first sit-in at the Jackson, Miss., Woolworth’s. She later worked at the Smithsonian with the Community Relations Service and at the Departments of Commerce and Justice before teaching English as a second language at an Arlington, Va., elementary school. 

This event is one of many conducted by Fairfax County and its Human Rights Commission that celebrates the diversity of Fairfax County and its enduring efforts to make this area a home for all people from all walks of life. A light buffet and beverages will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Auditorium. Although reservations are not necessary, to help plan attendance, contact the Fairfax County Office of Human Rights at 703-324-2953.

 The 2012 award winners are:

 Conrad Egan, Virginia Peter’s Award

Conrad Egan has demonstrated a lifetime of commitment to the basic human right of housing for all. For two decades he has served on Fairfax County boards, authorities and committees that are focused on housing development. From 1997 to 2008 he served on the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RDHA), including six years as its chair. During his tenure on the RDHA, numerous decisions were made to expand housing opportunities that now serve the county's diverse population of 1.1 million residents. He continues his work by serving on the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, the Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance, Housing Virginia, the Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Housing Policy Group. These advocate for full implementation of the county’s Blueprint for Housing, a policy vehicle that optimizes county resources to ensure housing for all regardless of income, infirmity, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious tents or secular ethical orientation.

PRS, Inc.

PRS (formerly Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) was established in 1963 in Fairfax County and serves those with mental illness, emotional and/or behavioral disorders to achieve personal wellness, recovery and community integration. PRS is dedicated to eliminating barriers based on race, gender, ethnicity, age, national origin, sensory conditions, marital status, disability, culture, spiritual beliefs, socioeconomic status, language and sexual orientation. Its experience shows that with the proper services and support, clients can and do increase their independence and self-sufficiency. With PRS supports, clients are taking critical steps to leading strong and fulfilling lives. Services include: Recovery Academy day program services, rehabilitation supports and services, community support services, employment services, dual-diagnosis services and community housing.

 CrisisLink

Founded by volunteers in 1969 as the Northern Virginia Hotline, CrisisLink began as an evening hotline for Arlington teens. Within a year, hotline services were expanded to 24 hours a day to provide skilled, compassionate listening for people of all ages throughout Fairfax County and the D.C. metropolitan area. In 1999, CrisisLink expanded its services to include comprehensive crisis prevention, intervention and response programs, which are open and available to all. CrisisLink counselors are often the only “trusted champion” for the person who is suffering, to connect them with county services and resources. CrisisLink staff and volunteer “listeners” reduce and assist to eliminate discrimination for people who are facing personal challenges to fight the disabling effects of mental illness (including veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder) especially in the areas of employment, housing and education.

Erica Brouillette

Erica Brouillette is an active volunteer at numerous organizations such as PRS, Carpenter’s Shelter, the Rotary Foundation and the Hands-On Network. She served in the Peace Corps for several years where she taught environmental conservation and awareness and English to rural Armenian children. She collaborated with community leaders to focus on learning needs for the area's youth. She helped the community apply for U.S. Agency for International Development grants, and served on Gender Awareness Development Committees. Since returning home Brouillette works with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Whole Child Programs.

 

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For more news and information, contact the

Fairfax County Office of Human Rights and Equity Programs at

703-324-2953



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