July 14, 2017

In October, Willkie will be honored by Human Rights First with a 2017 Marvin Frankel Award, in recognition of the firm’s outstanding pro bono service to refugees and asylum seekers. Willkie has a long and successful tradition of working with Human Rights First and several other organizations on critical immigration equality and asylum cases.

Human Rights First commends Willkie for deepening its commitment to refugees in 2016, underscoring that the firm assumed six additional cases for pro bono representation in a single month. Willkie is also recognized for instituting a series of discussions and in-house training sessions for associates to learn more about asylum law and develop techniques for working with survivors of trauma. Human Rights First notes, “Through our work with Willkie Farr over the years, and particularly in 2016, we have been impressed by the commitment to justice at all levels—from support staff, to associates and partners—and by the passion for helping refugees find safety in the United States.”

Human Rights First is a nonprofit, nonpartisan international human rights organization that works to protect refugees, combat torture and defend persecuted minorities by harnessing American influence to secure core freedoms around the world.

The award will be presented at an awards dinner on October 18 in New York City.