City of Lincoln
2007 Media Releases
Mayor Chris Beutler today presented the 2007 Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award to Beatty Brasch, Executive Director of the Center for People in Need. The award is presented by the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) to recognize outstanding achievements in furthering human relations in Lincoln.
After serving 14 years as Director of the Lincoln Action Program (LAP), Brasch opened the Center for People in Need in 2003. The Center is a non-profit organization serving high-risk and low-income families. Its mission is to help families and young people address socio-economic barriers limiting their paths to success.
"Beatty has been a force in Lincoln for many years, inspiring many with her energy, enthusiasm and hard work," said Mayor Beutler. "She has helped countless individuals and families meet their basic needs. Even more importantly, she has provided hope, helping those in need to see the opportunities that exist in their futures."
Helen Traudt nominated Brash for the award, calling her "woman of compassion and integrity." She wrote, &quout;Beatty believes that all persons deserve the right to food, shelter and health care and to be valued as human beings. She is committed to providing care and support to at-risk populations, including low income, elderly, Native American, Black-African Americans, Hispanic/Latino and refugee populations."
"Beatty has had many roles in our community – Lancaster County Election Commissioner, LAP Director and now Director of the Center for People in Need," said LCHR Director Larry Williams. "In all those roles, she has committed herself to making this piece of the world a better place for everyone, especially those who are less fortunate."
LCHR established the annual Human Rights Award in 2000. In 2003, the award was named for the late Gerald Henderson, who was the first director of LCHR and a longtime civil rights activist. Nominees are judged on their achievements in improving human rights based on activities implemented, services performed, or programs operated in the City.
Previous award winners are Dan Williams; Cecilia Olivarez Huerta; José Soto and the Division of Affirmative Action, Equity and Diversity of Southeast Community College; Milo Mumgaard and the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc.; Judi M. gaiashkibos; and Florine Joseph.
LCHR is the primary City agency responsible for the remediation of discrimination complaints brought by individuals. The Commission also provides community education and technical assistance to help people know and understand their rights and responsibilities under law.