Charles Bronfman Prize Names Two Recipients

The Charles Bronfman Prize has named its 2010 recipients, and there are two of them. The prizes, along with two $100,000 awards, will be given to Sasha Chanoff, founder and executive director of Mapendo International , for his efforts rescuing and resettling at-risk and forgotten African refugees, and Jared Genser, founder and president of Freedom Now , for his defense of prisoners of conscience worldwide.

Typically, only one prize per year is awarded to a young Jewish man or woman for outstanding humanitarian accomplishments. But this year, with two recipients, “the Prize is seizing an unprecedented opportunity to advance a broader agenda. While focused on different issues, [Chanoff’s and Genser’s] common objective is the promotion and protection of rights, their common strategy is visionary tenacity, and their common beneficiary is humanity. This is a significant opportunity to honor the finest in inspired Jewish and cosmopolitan values and ethics,” Stephen Bronfman said in a statement.

This is the sixth year that the Prize is being awarded.

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