Since 1991 the Cook County State's Attorney's Office has annually paid tribute to distinguished attorneys, judges, community leaders and organizations in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.
The El Humanitario Award will honor the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and/or organization in the Hispanic community who has demonstrated a commitment to the prevention of crime and the care of crime victims.
Criteria for this award include:
- Leadership, Honor, Integrity, and Fairness
- Community Involvement
- Charity and/or Pro Bono Work
- Youth Involvement and/or Mentorship Programs.
To nominate an individual, contact the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Engagement Unit at 312-603-8710. Each nomination must be submitted in the form of a letter, explaining the reason for the recommendation. This letter should reflect as much information as possible to support the consideration of the nominee based on the criteria for award selection.
El Humanitario Award Recipients
Honorable Carmen K. Aguilar, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Rey B. Gonzalez, President & CEO, El Valor
Judge Jorge Luis Alonso, United States District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum
Judge Grace G. Dickler, Presiding Judge, Domestic Relations Division, State of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County
Ricardo Estrada, President & CEO of Metropolitan Family Services
Maria S. Pesqueira, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Mayor Domingo F. Vargas, City of Blue Island, Illinois
Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Honorable Jesse G. Reyes, Circuit Court Judge of Cook County
Honorable Ronald Amaury Guzmán, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Juan Rangel, C.E.O. United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)
Honorable Elizabeth Loredo Rivera, Circuit Court of Cook County
Adela Cepeda, President A.C. Advisory, Inc.
Carmen Velásquez, Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center
Michael J. Hernandez, Esq., Partner, Franczek Radelet
Ricardo Meza, Midwest Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
Joseph J. Torres, Esq., Partner, Winston & Strawn
Salvador A. Cicero Dominguez, Esq.
Michi E. Peña, Esq., Commissioner, Department of General Services, City of Chicago
Javier Zamora, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Karina Ayala-Bermejo, City of Chicago’s Dept. of Human Resources
Amalia Rioja, Senior Policy Advisor, Attorney General’s Office
David Cerda, Esq., Cerda & Associates
Jesse H. Ruiz, Esq., Partner, Drinker Biddle
Honorable Ruben Castillo, United States Northern District
Honorable Gregory P. Vazquez, Circuit Court of Cook County
Gery Chico, Board President, Chicago City Colleges
Honorable Patricia Mendoza, Circuit Court of Cook County
Martin Castro, Esq., Chair, Illinois Human Rights Commission
Norma Reyes, Commissioner, Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection
Leticia Magdaleno, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights