NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, USA
22 March 2007
Due to her active work in the field of human rights since 2001, 16-year-old Claire Kevitt, the Youth President of Youth for Human Rights International, has been named as one of the judges for the prestigious 2006/2007 NetAid Global Action Awards event which takes place in New York City in May.
The NetAid Global Action Awards honor high-school students in the United States who have organized and led a project that has impacted people in poor countries, or raised awareness about global poverty in their own communities. The awards celebrate young people who have shown great leadership in areas such as preventing HIV/AIDS, alleviating hunger and improving access to education. The judges review applicants on the basis of innovation, cooperation, leadership, inspiration and impact and the honorees are awarded $5,000 for college or a charitable cause of their choice.
Claire will have the honor of sitting at the judge's panel with James F. Hoge, Jr. (the vice-chairman of Human Rights Watch), Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ellie Weisel and other esteemed human rights activists.
Claire’s human rights work with Youth for Human Rights International has taken her to England, South Korea, India, to Capitol Hill in DC and the United Nations in New York where she has spoken about the role of youth in increasing human rights awareness, has chaired youth summits and led discussion panels.