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The McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award
Senator William H. Frist, M.D.; 2010 Honoree
Refugees International is honored to present Senator William H. Frist, M.D. with the organization’s highest honor, the McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award, in recognition of a lifetime of humanitarian service. Senator Frist’s leadership as a medical ambassador to countries in crisis has taken him on medical missions to Sudan, Congo, Rwanda, and internal displacement camps in Chad. He has shown leadership in natural disasters like the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haitian earthquake. On all three occasions, within days of the crisis breaking, he was on the ground offering medical assistance and humanitarian leadership. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Frist was a leader in raising awareness of displacement and other humanitarian crises and creatively seeking solutions to the ongoing challenges that these crises presented, including leading the legislative initiative to establish PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) which, as of 2008 had provided treatment to over 7 million men, women and children in 120 different countries.
A Celebratory Tribute to Kenneth H. Bacon
President of Refugees International 2001–2009
As president of Refugees International, Ken Bacon devoted the final years of his life to building RI into the leading advocacy organization for the 42 million refugees and internally displaced people and 12 million stateless people worldwide. Under Ken’s leadership, RI successfully compelled the world’s leaders to save lives and protect people from harm in places like Sudan, Iraq, the Congo, Afghanistan and dozens of other countries around the world. Ken also launched new programs on peacekeeping and statelessness that strengthened RI’s reach and influence. Just a few weeks prior to his death, Ken and his wife Darcy established the Ken and Darcy Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement and provided the Center with its initial funding. Vicki and Roger Sant will pay tribute to Ken’s tireless passion for bringing attention to the plight of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Dan Glickman, President
Dan Glickman has a distinguished history in public service where he has devoted much of his career to working as a champion for underserved people. Prior to joining Refugees International, Mr. Glickman was Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. He also served as a member of Congress from Kansas from 1977-1995 and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995-2001.
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