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Salt Lake City diversity office receives social justice award

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights was recently presented with the Pete Suazo Social Justice Award by the University of Utah’s College of Social Work.

The annual award for Community Organization for Leadership and Advocacy recognizes organizations that have shown persistent and continued initiative and leadership in social and economic justice. The honor is in specific recognition of the office's Human Rights Education Project, an initiative created to help Salt Lake City’s immigrant and refugee communities with the integration process by providing basic information on the rights and responsibilities of residents.

The Human Rights Education Project workshops are led by a member of the Human Rights Committee, a coalition of delegates from local nonprofit organizations, the Salt Lake Police Department and the Salt Lake City Justice Court.

The Office of Diversity and Human Rights collaborates with the committee, as well as members of the refugee community, and Salt Lake religious institutions to craft the curriculum and identify topics that fit the needs of immigrant and refugee communities in the city.