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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Emma Moreno of Entre Hermanos and Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington

11/27/2002  9:00:00 AM
Kristin Distelhorst (206) 684-4537
Roberto Bonaccorso  (206) 684-5282

Emma Moreno of Entre Hermanos and
Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington

Emma Moreno of Entre Hermanos and the Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington will receive the Distinguished Citizen for Human Rights Award at the 7th annual Seattle Human Rights Day on Tuesday, December 10, from noon–1:30 p.m. in the Dome Room of the Arctic Building in downtown Seattle. This year’s keynote speaker will be Ida Castro, former Chairwoman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Ms. Castro will discuss, "Human Rights: First Casualty in a Crisis?"

Emma Moreno is the Executive Director of Entre Hermanos, an advocacy organization for Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Ms Moreno has worked tirelessly to educate the community about HIV and related health issues. She is a Board member of the Pride Foundation, organizer of the GLBT Latino Cultural Week and founder of Las Sinverguenzas (The Shameless Women), a Latina lesbian forum.

The Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington was formed in the weeks following September 11, 2001 as a direct response to hate crimes and discrimination. Founder and Director, Pramila Jayapal, along with Associate Director Ibrahim al-Husseini and other critical staff members, created a comprehensive strategy to document human rights abuses and to ensure the safety of religious minorities and communities of color. On September 20 this year, the Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington led a coalition of organizations to hold "Justice for All – The Aftermath of September 11," a daylong public hearing that was the first of its kind in the United States.

Seattle Human Rights Day is sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the King County Civil Rights Commission. The event commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948. For more information call (206) 684-4537 or check the web at

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