Janet Benshoof Global Justice Award
Patricia Viseur Sellers is an international criminal attorney and a special advisor for prosecution strategies to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has served as a legal advisor and a trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunals in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. She has also served as an expert consultant to UN bodies addressing children and armed conflict, gender and women’s rights, and internal investigations.) Sellers has advised the Open Society Justice Initiative on issues relating to crimes against humanity charges against Haiti’s former president, Jean Claude Duvalier. She has lectured extensively and authored many articles on gender and sexual violence under international criminal law. Sellers has received multiple awards for her work, including the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in Law award. She holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Rutgers University.
Patricia has spent her life devoted to serving and protecting others. Working as a public defender before transitioning into the international sphere, she has seen every iteration of a courtroom, and is devoted to justice for the most marginalized, both at home and abroad. She has been a part of many landmark cases on human rights abuses, and is a passionate advocate for victims of sexual violence as a crime against humanity.
Feminist Voice Award
Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As president and CEO of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and co-created the subsequent PBS series Women, War & Peace. She is also the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence. The companies and stories that have most meaning for Abigail are the ones which foster human understanding. She has executive produced and supported over 100 projects through Fork Films’ funding program and created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice.
Feminist Changemaker Award
Tina Tchen is a partner at Buckley LLP, and the Chicago office leader. Prior to joining Buckley, Tchen served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady Michelle Obama from 2011 to 2017. In the Obama Administration, Tchen also served as Executive Director for the Council on Women and Girls. Before joining the White House, Tchen was a partner in corporate litigation at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Tchen has served on numerous boards and received many awards for her work, including the Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Chicago Lawyer “Person of the Year.” She received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her B.A. from Harvard University.