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Local Non-profit to Receive Human Rights Award

Barrios Unidos, or United Neighborhoods, a community-based peace movement targeting at-risk youth involved with gangs, will receive the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award on Wednesday, October 19 in Washington DC.
Initially formed in 1977 in Santa Cruz, CA, Barrios Unidos has since become a multi-state organization, whose mission is to "prevent & curtail violence amongst youth by providing them with life-enhancing alternatives,? such as employment & educational opportunities.

The non-profit will be honored by the Institute for Policy Studies, at the 29th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards dinner.

The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights awards were established 29 years ago to honor Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, two associates of the Institute for Policy Studies who were assassinated in Washington, DC by agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
5:30 pm Reception and light fare; 7-8:15 pm Human Rights Program, National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.

Domestic Award to Barrios Unidos
Presented by Constance Rice, co-director of The Advancement Project, Los Angeles.

International Award Judge Juan Guzman of Chile
Presented by Joyce Horman, whose story was depicted in the film Missing

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