Loading Events

Support our work  


Featured Video


Learn how to do effective activism on Duke's campus

  • This event has passed.

2021 Juan E. Méndez Book Award Ceremony

Join us in celebrating the winner of the 2021 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America, The Water Defenders by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh on February 22, 2022 at 5pm.

This is the thirteenth year of this prestigious award. The award is supported by the Duke Human Rights Center@the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Human Rights Archive at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscripts Library.

The Water Defenders tells the story of courageous El Salvadorans who fought together to combat the exploitation of their country’s natural resources. As the writers note, while this story is about El Salvador, as importantly, it is “also about how global corporations—be they Big Gold or Big Pharma or Big Tobacco or Big Oil or Big Banks–move into poorer communities in countries all over the world.”

Broad and Cavanagh will accept the award and talk about their work at the virtual event on Tuesday, February 22 at 5 pm EST. Please register in advance here.


February 22
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm