Paola Czyzewski. On July 18, 1994, Paola Czyzewski came to work with her mother at the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was going downstairs to get coffee when a suicide bomber drove a car bomb into the front of the building, killing Paola and 84 others. It was the most lethal attack on Jews outside of Israel since the Holocaust. The perpetrators of the terror attack, which was a joint operation of Iran and Hezbollah, have never been prosecuted. Seventeen years after the AMIA/DAIA bombing, the families of the victims are still hoping for justice. Paola’s parents, Luis and Ana Maria Czyzewski, will accept the Ina and Shelley Kay Award on their daughter’s behalf.
SGT Kimberly D. Munley. On November 5, 2009, SGT Kim Munley, an Army civilian police officer, confronted a gunman outside the Soldiers’ Readiness Center. Inside, forty-two people had been shot, and thirteen lay dead or dying. SGT Munley’s heroism helped end the Fort Hood Shooting. The Ina and Shelley Kay Award will be accepted by SGT Kimberly Munley.
Mike Shillingburg and David Brown. In 1973, David Brown was one of a handful of black students bused across Dallas to integrate the previously all white Mark Twain Elementary School. He was taunted by parents and protesters as he entered the school. Inside, his white classmates refused to talk to him, everyone except Mike Shillingburg. The friendship between these two twelve year old boys—one black and one white— would change race relations at Mark Twain and their lives. But after the school year ended, they would not see each other until chance reunited them 38 years later. The Ina and Shelley Kay Award will be accepted by Mike Shillingburg and David Brown.
Pat Kutteles. In July, 1999, Pat Kutteles’ son, Private First Class Barry Winchell, was beaten to death by another soldier because he was thought to be gay. Since Barry’s murder, Pat Kutteles has dedicated her life to securing justice for her son, and has emerged as one of the most powerful voices in the movement to repeal the U.S. military’s policy on sexual orientation, which is known simply as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Ina and Shelley Kay Award will be accepted by Pat Kutteles.
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