Do you know anyone who champions human rights in the city?

VIRGINIA BEACH — Nominations for the 25th Annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony are being accepted now through Feb. 1 by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission.

The VBHRC recognizes noteworthy individuals and groups who have aided in the understanding of cultural diversity and advocated for the human rights of the city’s residents, according to a news release from the commission.

The awards committee will evaluate nominees based on community involvement, initiatives and humanitarianism.

Eligible nominees are people living or working in Virginia Beach or anyone who have contributed to the promotion of human rights to benefit residents.

This year will commemorate 25 years of recognizing individuals or groups who serve our community, and the commission needs your help in continuing this legacy.

A nomination form must be attached to all entries, as well as at least two letters of endorsement to support the nomination.

For details and to obtain a Human Rights Award application, visit www.vbgov.com/hrc or www.facebook.com/HRC4VB/.

You can also call VBHRC Liaison, Kathy Hinson, at 757-385-1158.

All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 via email, mail or hand-delivery. Submit completed applications in one of the following ways:

  • Email: KHinson@vbgov.com
  • Mail or hand-deliver to:
    City of Virginia Beach/Department of Human Resources
    ATTENTION: Kathy Hinson/HRC Awards Program
    2424 Courthouse Drive, Building 18, Rm. 122
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Winners will be honored at the 25th Annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony on April 4.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.