Michelle Alexander, author of the bestseller The New Jim Crow, will speak on a plenary about the war on drugs, mass incarceration and criminal justice.
These awards honor those who have made exceptional accomplishments in eight award categories, including science, medicine, law, and education.
This award is given to the individuals who most epitomize loyal opposition to drug war extremism.
Described by Rolling Stone as "the point man" for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He founded and directed (from 2000 to 2017) the Drug Policy Alliance.
* Ismael Bojórquez accepting on behalf of Javier Valdez
This award honors those in the media who have produced the highest quality of journalistic coverage of drug policy and other drug issues.
Javier Valdez Cárdenas was a Mexican journalist who received several international awards for his courageous writing on drug trafficking and organized crime in the Mexican Drug War. Valdez Cárdenas was the founder of Ríodoce, a weekly dedicated to covering crime and corruption in Sinaloa, considered one of Mexico's most violent states.
This award recognizes scholars, like Alfred Lindesmith, whose personal courage and quality of published research constitute a source of rational inspiration for all who labor in drug policy scholarship.
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar, and best-selling author. Her award-winning book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, helped to spark a national debate about the crisis of mass incarceration in the United States, and inspired racial justice organizing and advocacy efforts nationwide.
This award honors citizens who make democracy work in the difficult area of drug law and policy reform.
Pastor Kenneth Glasgow is an advocate for harm reduction, prison reform, and restoration of rights and opportunities for formerly incarcerated people, and the founder and President of The Ordinary People Society. TOPS provides rehabilitation/habilitation to formerly incarcerated people.
Kathie Kane-Willis co-founded the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. She advanced several harm reduction policies in the Midwest, including 911 Good Samaritan laws, naloxone access laws, ensuring methadone access for Medicaid-eligible individuals, and bringing attention to drug-induced homicide laws.
* Joy Fishman accepting on behalf of Jack Fishman
This award recognizes medical and treatment experts who see beyond politics and make influential contributions to the fields of science and medicine.
Dr. Jack Fishman pioneered the study of opiate antagonists and developed a number of medicinal compounds that aid in reversing the effects of opioids – the most prominent of these being naloxone, a life-saving medicine now widely used throughout the world.
This award is given to those involved in law enforcement who have demonstrated a balanced regard for the needs of enforcement and human compassion.
Diane Goldstein is an executive board member for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. She spent 21 years with the Redondo Beach Police Department working assignments including drugs and gangs. Both her professional experience and the death of her brother from a drug overdose inspired her to turn grief into activism.
This award is given to those involved in law who have worked within official institutions when extremist pressures dominate government policies.
As New Jersey’s junior Senator, Cory Booker has emerged as a national leader in the Congressional push for common sense criminal justice reform, advocating for front-end sentencing reforms, pushing for the banning of juvenile solitary confinement in federal facilities, and spearheading legislation to make the hiring process fairer for the formerly incarcerated.
This award is given to those involved in drug education who have promoted honest, science-based drug education in place of ineffective scare tactics based on myths and deceit.
Mark Kinzly has worked in the field of harm reduction and public health for the past 27 years, bringing innovative prevention/interventions to the drug-using and recovery community. He is currently a national trainer and consultant on issues related to substance use – ranging from HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C interventions, to the development of appropriate responses to the complexities of addiction.