The Midwest Regional Office of UNICEF USA hosted its 7th annual UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian Awards Luncheon honoring extraordinary leaders who contribute locally and internationally to the improvement of children’s lives. This year’s award recipients were Maria Woltjen, Director & Founder of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Founder & President of the Syrian Community Network and Zaher Sahloul, Founder, American Relief Coalition for Syria and past President and Senior Advisor, Syrian American Medical Society.
This year’s luncheon focused on the global migrant and refugee crisis, impacting nearly 50 million children who have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced, and the efforts of community leaders to provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable.
Christian Skoog, UNICEF Mexico Representative, gave the keynote address. With more than 20 years of professional experience working on human rights, humanitarian crises and emergencies, he spoke about his experience and how to help children affected by the global migrant crisis. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois was also in attendance. unicefchicagoluncheon.org