The Albies were created by George and Amal Clooney to shine a protective spotlight on courageous justice defenders who are at risk—sending a message to those who abuse human rights that the world is watching.
The Albies are named after anti-apartheid hero Justice Albie Sachs, who received a lifetime achievement award at our inaugural event.
Albie taught us the power of those three little letters – why.Former First Lady of the United States
He used them to help transform his own country and in doing so, he challenged us to use them to transform our own. That’s what we honor tonight—not just a single man’s legacy of progress but the possibility of progress that’s yet to be written, possibility that lies inside all of us.
Courageous justice defenders around the world face grave dangers that cannot be eliminated overnight. The Albies to shine a spotlight on the danger that those heroic groups and individuals are facing, raising the stakes for their persecutors and telling them the world is watching.
Last year, we honored the inaugural Albies winners for their tireless work in the pursuit of justice all over the world.
Justice Albie Sachs was honored with a lifetime achievement award;
Filipino journalist Maria Ressa was honored with the Justice For Journalists award;
iACT, an organization that supports survivors of genocide in refugee camps, received the Justice For Survivors award;
Belarusian human rights group Viasna was awarded the Justice For Democracy Defenders award; and
The Samburu Girls Foundation, a Kenyan-based organization, was honored with the Justice For Women award.
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George and Amal Clooney
Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith
Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation
Eric and Jill Becker
Bank of America
Kathryn and Ken Chenault
Creative Artists Agency
Joan Ganz Cooney and Holly Peterson Fund
Randi and Joel Cutler
Kelly and Alec Gores
Stephanie March and Dan Benton
Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelović
James and Azita Walton
Covington & Burling LLP
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Perkins Coie LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
CFJ would also like to thank Diageo, Fish & Richardson, Jim and Ann Gianopulos, Goodman Family Foundation, Greenberg Traurig, Andrew and Ellen Hauptman, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Susan and David Rockefeller, and Will Zeckendorf for their support.