Claudia Rossavik, MD

Claudia Rossavik, MD: A 2014 Human Rights Award Winner
Oklahoma City
Nominated by Otilia Sorto

La Doctora Claudia es una persona que siempre esta ayudando a la comunidad hispana. Defendiendo el derecho de las personas sobre todo a la mujer. Ella ayuda localmente y en El Salvador tambien.

Dr. Claudia is a person who is always helping the Hispanic community — defending the right of people, especially women. She helps locally and in El Salvador as well.

She is recognized for her health promotion work in poor communities and helping women who have suffered from domestic violence.

“Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.”

(Article 22 of the UDHR)

Adam Soltani

Adam Soltani: A 2014 Human Rights Award Winner
Oklahoma City
Nominated by Bill Bryant and Jeanine Soltani

As the executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, Adam Soltani’s mission is, “To enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”

CAIR is the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and their purpose is “Defending Rights, Defeating Intolerance.”

Earlier this year, a state representative from Oklahoma attacked the freedom of religion of thousands of Muslims in our state. He asserted that, “Islam is not even a religion.”

Faced with such a display of ignorance and intolerance, Adam Soltani responded with civility and reason.

Adam’s mother, Jeanine Soltani, writes: “Adam fights daily for human rights in his job as executive director of CAIR Oklahoma. Every person who calls, emails or shows up asking for help receives his full attention and the resources available to him to help. He has taken on formidable opponents in order to get equal rights for others. Some of these include school boards, law enforcement and politicians. Although he has received threats of violence against himself and his family, Adam has remained steadfast to the cause of human rights. As his mother, I worry and pray for his safety everyday but I know that others are safer due to his strength and dedication to human rights. For these reasons, and the fact that Adam is a truly the kindest person I know, I nominate him for the Human Rights award.”

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

(Article 18 of the UDHR)

Carlos Tello

Carlos Tello: A 2014 Human Rights Award Winner
Oklahoma City
Nominated by Otilia Fuentes

Carlos es el primer hispano que ha tenido la capacidad para poder dejar huella en el Capitolio pintando una de las mejores obras de arte. No pido para El un reconociemiento de los derechos humanos, sino algo que lo distinga ya que somos muchos los hispnaos que nos sentmos orgullosos, ya que El puso hel nombre de los hispanos en alto.

Carlos is a noted artist whose mural, “Beyond the Centennial,” is on display in the Oklahoma Capitol building. He is the first Hispanic to have a work of art displayed so prominently in our state capitol.

The Oklahoma Arts Council has this description of the artwork on their website:

“…Representing Oklahoma’s ongoing advancement and future, the right section symbolizes the cutting-edge industries driving our state into the 21st century such as technology, medicine, research, energy, and space exploration…. The industrious figures working on the machines testify to our credence in the state motto, ‘Labor Conquers All.’ Oklahomans’ goodwill, heroism, and unconquerable spirit, defining qualities that carry us forward, are represented by the fireman in the upper right who breaks through the rubble to help victims of the Oklahoma City bombing.

“The mural culminates in the center with the universal ‘Every Man’ who represents every Oklahoman. Carrying the state in his hands, he metaphorically lifts Oklahoma, represented by the state’s outline and Osage shield emblem from the state flag, upward into our boundless future.”

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”


“Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.”

(Article 27 of the UDHR)

"Yes All Daughters"

Yes All Daughters: A 2014 Human Rights Award Winner
Norman, OK
Nominated by Stacey Wright

Yes All Daughters was created in Norman, OK, in November 2014 to address allegations that multiple rape victims were bullied and sexually harassed out of Norman High School.

With only two weeks of planning and execution, the grassroots effort of the Yes All Daughters group — a collaboration between students and adult organizers — pulled off a peaceful protest at Norman High on November 24, and gained worldwide support and news coverage when their effort went viral. Hundreds of Norman High School students participated in the protest. They chanted slogans such as, “Transfer is not the answer” and “no more bullying.”

The Norman Police Captain who led the police presence at the protest commended the group on their ability to lead the peaceful protest “without a single incident, not even a verbal altercation.”

Norman Public Schools has agreed to meet the group’s demands and implement more stringent policies regarding bullying and sexual harassment, as well as incorporating curriculum to address these issues. They’ve agreed to hire a full-time advocate to oversee complaints and implementation.

For standing up for the personal security of all people, Yes ALL Daughters will receive a 2014 Human Rights Award.


“Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.”

(Article 20 of the UDHR)

2014 Human Rights Award Winners

The Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Human Rights Award:

Mary and Sharon Bishop-Baldwin
Ahiezer Black
Bill Carmack
Mohan Chandran
Jeff Hamilton
Bob Lemon
Sonya Martinez
Vicki Miles-LaGrange
Christina Mizirl
Carlos Ortiz
Akash Patel
Santiaga Quiñónez
Claudia Rossavik
Adam Soltani
Carlos Tello
“Yes All Daughters”

A celebration of these award winners will be held on Human Rights Day — Wednesday, December 10th — at 10am in the House chamber of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The Chairman of the OK Universal Human Rights Alliance is Wallace Collins, and he will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Following the awards program, a lunch will be served. People who wish to attend are asked to call Wilfredo Santosrivera at (405) 631-3027 in advance to let him know you will be attending.

The Oklahoma State Capitol is
located on Lincoln Boulevard
at NE 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.

The practice of honoring human rights activists in our state began many years ago with the old Oklahoma Human Rights Commission, which was established during the 1960’s. The commission was abolished by the Legislature a couple of years ago. Since then, a coalition of organizations has come together to continue the tradition of recognizing leading Oklahomans who, by their words and example, help to define the meaning of Human Rights where we live.

Your Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association is proud to support this worthy and historic program. We invite all of our members and friends to participate in the celebration of these human rights champions.

Over the course of the coming days, we will publish on our blog (“To Reaffirm Faith”) a short profile of each award winner. The web address for the blog is …

We wish to express our thanks to each of the people who submitted a nomination.

We hope to see you on December 10th! 

Many thanks to Wilfredo Santosrivera

… for his tireless work in organizing the Human Rights Award program. Wilfredo is a treasure in our state!

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
— Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)