El Humanitario Award

Each year, State’s Attorney Foxx presents the El Humanitario Awards in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Community Leadership Awards honor the accomplishments of outstanding individuals in Hispanic Community.

Candidates for the El Humanitario Awards must be Cook County residents and are considered using the following criteria:

  • Leadership, Honor, and Integrity
  • Community Involvement and activism
  • Volunteer/Pro-Bono Work
  • Youth Involvement and/or Mentorship Programs.

To nominate a Cook County community member for consideration, please send the following information in a single email to christine.chan@cookcountyil.gov. The subject line of your email should be " El Humanitario Award Nominee.” 

Nomination materials should include:

  • The Nomination Form (download; PDF)
  • The nominee’s professional biography 
  • A nomination letter detailing why the nominee is deserving of the El Humanitario Award.

 

    El Humanitario Award Recipients

    2017
    Mony Ruiz-Velasco, Executive Director of PASO-West Suburban Action Project
    The Resurrection Project

    2016
    Honorable Carmen K. Aguilar, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
    Rey B. Gonzalez, President & CEO, El Valor

    2015
    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

    2014
    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

    2013
    Maria S. Pesqueira, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Accion
    Mayor Domingo F. Vargas, City of Blue Island, Illinois

    2012
    Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
    Honorable Jesse G. Reyes, Circuit Court Judge of Cook County

    2011
    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) 

    2010
    Honorable Elizabeth Loredo Rivera, Circuit Court of Cook County
    Adela Cepeda, President A.C. Advisory, Inc.

    2009
    Carmen Velásquez, Executive Director, Alivio Medical Center
    Michael J. Hernandez, Esq., Partner, Franczek Radelet

    2008
    Ricardo Meza, Midwest Regional Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

    2007
    Joseph J. Torres, Esq., Partner, Winston & Strawn
    Salvador A. Cicero Dominguez, Esq.

    2006
    Michi E. Peña, Esq., Commissioner, Department of General Services, City of Chicago

    2005
    Javier Zamora, Esq., Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

    2004
    Karina Ayala-Bermejo, City of Chicago’s Dept. of Human Resources

    2003
    Amalia Rioja, Senior Policy Advisor, Attorney General’s Office

    2002
    David Cerda, Esq., Cerda & Associates

    2001
    Jesse H. Ruiz, Esq., Partner, Drinker Biddle

    2000
    Honorable Ruben Castillo, United States Northern District

    1999
    Honorable Gregory P. Vazquez, Circuit Court of Cook County

    1998
    Gery Chico, Board President, Chicago City Colleges

    1997
    Honorable Patricia Mendoza, Circuit Court of Cook County

    1996
    Martin Castro, Esq., Chair, Illinois Human Rights Commission

    1995
    Norma Reyes, Commissioner, Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection 

    1994
    Leticia Magdaleno, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights