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Selection Committee

The Barbara Chester Award recipient will be determined by vote of the Selection Committee. Selection Committee members have demonstrated substantial lifetime commitment to the field of human rights, and many have worked specifically with survivors of political torture.

Committee Members:
Juan Almendares, MD
Executive Director, Center for the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Alp Ayan, MD 
Consultant Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist of the Turkish Human Right Foundation, Izmir, Turkey
Martha Blue, JD
Formerly General Counsel to the Havasupai Tribe, former legal counsel to members of the Hualapai, Navajo, and Hopi tribes, Flagstaff, Arizona

Esad Boskailo
Survivor and now working as a attending Psychiatrist in the Phoenix area

Jorge Cabrera, MSW, ACSW

Field Office Director, Casey Family Programs, and Board of Directors, Survivors of Torture International, San Diego, California

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Shari Eppel
Solidarity Peace Trust, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Mary R. Fabri, PsyD Senior Director
Formerly Executive Director, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Chicago, Illinois

Abby Hungwe
From Zimbabwe and now the Managing Director at Owl and Panther, in Tucson AZ

James M. Jaranson, MD, MA, MPH Senior

Clinical Advisory Group, International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture, Copenhagen, Denmark; Vice President, Board of Directors, Survivors of Torture, International, San Diego, California; Formerly Medical Director, Center For Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Allen S. Keller, MD
Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, Associate Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York

Joanne Kittel, MSW

Psychiatric Social Worker (ret). Has worked for many years in the field of trauma with survivors and perpetrators. Yachats, Oregon

Diana Kordon
2016 BCA Recipient, coordinator of the Argentine Team of Psychological Work and Research, Argentina
Aryeh Levenson, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, South Central Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska
Marianna Neil, MA
Formerly Director of Social Services, Task Force on Central America and Family Outreach, Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence, Tucson, Arizona

Craig M. Oettinger, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Houston, Clear Lake, Texas

Lucy E. Wilson, PhD
Clinical Psychologist. Formerly with Center for the Prevention and Resolution of Violence, Tucson, Arizona

2019 Coordinator: 

Danielle Romeyn, LMT

Has lived on Hopi for 14 years and has immersed herself in encouraging the wholeness of ones self.

Past Committee Members:

Hélène Jaffe, MD 
Former Medical Director, Association for Victims of Repression in Exile (AVRE), Paris, France. Advisor on Torture to World Health Organization. Formerly President and Council Member, International Rehabilitation Council for Victims of Torture, Copenhagen, Denmark

Barbara Poley, MA - Hopi and Laguna / Bear Clan
Former Executive Director of The Hopi Foundation in Kykotsmovi, Arizona

Bernard Albaugh, MSW, MPH 
Former Director, Center for Native American Development, Weatherford; Former Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Historian

Rita Maran, PhD 
Lecturer on Human Rights, University of California at Berkeley; Board Member, Center for Justice and Accountability, Berkeley, California

Julie Shaw
Founder and Formerly Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund for Strategic Initiatives by Women in Areas of Armed Conflict, Boulder, Colorado

Loris Taylor, MEd - Hopi and Acoma / Masauu Clan
President and Chief Executive Officer, Native Public Media, Flagstaff, Arizona
Sima Wali, MA 
Formerly President, Refugee Women in Development, Washington D.C. Recipient of Amnesty International's Third Annual Ginetta Sagan Fund Award