Rothko Chapel presents 2017 Óscar Romero Awards
Rothko Chapel will present the 2017 Óscar Romero Award ceremony, followed by a public reception. Building on the Chapel’s recent efforts to address the topic of criminal justice, this year’s awardees are two individuals working toward criminal justice reform. A keynote address will be given by Harris County Commissioner for Precinct One Rodney Ellis.
This year’s international award will go to Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, executive director of Association pour la Protection des Droits Humains et des Personnes Détenues (Association for the Protection of Prisoners and Human Rights – APRODH) in Burundi. Under his leadership, the organization documents and reports on human rights violations -- with an emphasis on those committed against incarcerated people. He continues to denounce human rights violations and the harassment of human rights defenders.
This year’s local awardee is Houston-based recovery coach and peer-to-peer counselor Kathryn Griffin Griñán, who advocates for rehabilitation funding instead of incarceration in Congress, the Texas Legislature and the Harris County Commissioners' Court and administers a re-entry program in the Harris County Sheriff's Office jail, rehabilitating victims of human trafficking and prostitution.