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2018 Human Rights Awards Presented

Post Date:May 08, 2019

(l-r) Ran Chang, Nicole Mills, Elaine Larabee, Carol Bomben and Kim Rathjen, Onward Eden Prairie; Christine Erickson, Miske Ali.
2018 Human Rights Award Winners
Members of Eden Prairie's Human Rights and Diversity Commission announced the 2018 Human Rights Award winners at the May 7 City Council meeting. The award recognizes a local individual, youth, nonprofit organization and/or business who have worked to create an inclusive community spirit through actions, activities or programs.

The following Human Rights Award winners were recognized for upholding the values of the Eden Prairie Manifesto:

Individual Award Christine Erickson
Christine upholds the values of the Eden Prairie Manifesto by working to raise awareness about human trafficking and supporting survivors of trafficking. Christine has been the driving force behind the Stop the Trafficking 5K Walk/Run for Justice, a collaborative, community-wide event to raise awareness about human trafficking. All proceeds from the race are designated to organizations working to help sexually exploited youth and women. Christine’s tireless work to raise awareness in our community has contributed to the more than $100,000 raised since the race began in 2014.

Youth Award  Miske Ali
Miske upholds the values of the Eden Prairie Manifesto by going above and beyond to advocate for Muslim students at Eden Prairie High School. As president of the Muslim Student Association, Miske has organized events that aim to bridge the gap between various faiths and improve interfaith relationships. She centers the Muslim Student Association meetings on themes of inclusivity and tolerance. She also acts as a liaison between Muslim students and school administrators to address concerns brought forward by her peers. Miske is a shining example of the power of student leadership.

Nonprofit Award  Onward Eden Prairie
Onward Eden Prairie upholds the values of the Eden Prairie Manifesto by ensuring young people have a place to call "home." The organization's dream is for all young adults in our community to have a safe place to sleep so they can dream and prepare for a successful future. Onward Eden Prairie also recognizes that supporting young adults goes beyond giving them a place to sleep. They partner with Oasis for Youth to offer access to an on-site case manager who helps residents to work on life goals and ongoing stability. By lifting up young people in our community, Onward Eden Prairie works every day to create a community where everyone is given the opportunity to thrive.

Nominations for the Human Rights Award can be made by persons on behalf of themselves or others. Nomination materials are made available in January each year and award recipients are selected by the Human Rights and Diversity Commission in March.

Past Human Rights Award Recipients

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