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S.L. honors Planned Parenthood, doctor with 2015 Human Rights Award

Planned Parenthood in Eugene, Oregon, October 4, 2015.
Planned Parenthood in Eugene, Oregon, October 4, 2015.

SALT LAKE CITY — Planned Parenthood Association of Utah and Dr. Mansoor Emam have been named the recipients of Salt Lake City’s 2015 Human Rights Award.

A posthumous award will also be given to community activist Frank Cordova, who died in 2013.

The award, presented each year by the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office of Diversity and Human Rights and the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, recognizes one individual and one organization that have worked to improve the lives of people in the community.

According to a news release, Planned Parenthood provides affordable, safe health care, sex education and information on health-related issues to men and women. The organization also works on state-level advocacy to ensure Utahns have access to low-cost health care and comprehensive education on important health and health care issues.

Emam is the founder of two free medical clinics in Utah — the Hope Clinic in Midvale and the Meliheh Clinic in South Salt Lake. Both provide comprehensive medical care to low-income patients. Emam also supports and provides medical services to orphanages in Mexico.

Cordova, who dedicated his life to the empowerment of the Latino community, served as president of Centro Civico Mexicano, executive director of the Utah Coalition of La Raza and was a member of the Democratic Hispanic Caucus, Salt Lake County Council on Diversity Affairs and Salt Lake County Hispanic Task Force.

The public is invited to the Human Rights Awards event 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, during the Human Rights Day Celebration on the third floor of the Salt Lake City-County Building, 451 S. State.

The annual fundraiser benefits the Human Rights Education Project. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Purchase tickets online at