Alden Receives 2013 Human Rights Award

The School of Law's Judge Leslie Alden was selected by the Arlington Human Rights Commission to receive the 2013 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award along with three other individuals. The award recognizes sustained commitment and/or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington by an individual, community group, non-profit organization or business. 

Judge Alden was honored for a career devoted to gender rights and access to justice for all that includes writing and involvement in human rights issues locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, she was recognized for advocating for both equality and the protection of children from exploitation and human trafficking. 

In a statement Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada said, "It is our honor to recognize these outstanding individuals. Their efforts are so important—every day, they are helping to make Arlington a more diverse and inclusive community. I am grateful that we have such passionate people in our community who have dedicated their lives to helping others."

The awards will be presented at a public ceremony and reception from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, in the Arlington County Board Room located at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard on the third floor. The public is invited to attend the free event, at which the keynote speaker will be Faiza Mathon-Mathieu, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), a leading policy organization fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.