The president and founder of the Humanitas360 Institute received, on December 10th, the Santo Dias Human Rights Award at the Legislative Assembly of São Paulo (ALESP, in the acronym in Portuguese). Patrícia Villela Marino was one of 11 people to be recognized at the 21st edition of the event, which was led by the state deputy Carlos Bezerra Jr. (PSDB). The event also marked the celebration of the 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document written by the United Nations.
The award ceremony was held at the Juscelino Kubitschek auditorium, bringing together representatives and institutions that work for people’s rights. “We’re here to highlight our fight for human rights in São Paulo, recognizing the activities and dedication of those that consistently work hard in defending the dignity of human life,” said Carlos Bezerra Jr. The deputy is the president of the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights, Citizenship, Participation and Social Affairs at ALESP.
In her acceptance speech, Patrícia reminded everyone that, “we all need to do an almost ‘extra-human’ exercise, so that our minds and our hearts may reach oppressed, inhospitable places that need our attention.” The poet and founder of Cooperifa, Sérgio Vaz, and the doctor and social entrepreneur Roberto Kikawa (in memorian), were also honored at the event.