One United Nations Plaza, Conference Room 1
New York, New York 10017
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
Reception to follow in honor of His Excellency President Otto Perez Molina. The First Lady Rosa Leal de Pérez will receive the Freedom Award on behalf of
President Perez Molina. The reception will be held at the Millennium Hotel at One United Nations Plaza at 5:30pm.
Rosa Leal de Pérez - First Lady of Guatemala
Alan Sears - President, CEO & General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Dr. Elard Koch - Director at MELISA Institute in Chile
Dr. Mark Regnerus - Sociologist and Senior Fellow at the Austin Institute
|Rosa Leal de Pérez - First Lady of Guatemala|
The first lady was born on the 9th of December of 1953, in the city of Guatemala. She has two children Otto Fernando, mayor of The municipality of Mixco, and Lisette, an entrepreneur.
She received her education at the Escuela Nacional para Maestras de Párvulos Dr. Alfredo Carrillo where she obtained a degree in childhood education.
She enrolled in the university where she obtained degrees in clinical psychology, techniques in psychometry, and school counseling.
In 2001, shortly after Otto Pérez Molina founded the Patriot Party she began working next to her husband, on all of the party's issues such as the national movement for women. While she holds the position of first lady during the years of 2012-2016, she will be in charge of coordinating the social and political work programs, on behalf of the "Secrearia de Obras Sociales del la Esposa del Presidente (SOSEP). She will head all the projects destined for infants, children and adolescents. SOSEP's main mission is to implement programs that will benefit boys, girls, families and society as a whole, as well as the "Secretaria de Bienestar Social" whose public policy is the comprehensive protection of childhood and adolescence.
|Mark Regnerus - Sociologist and Senior Fellow at the Austin Institute|
Mark Regnerus is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a faculty associate at the university’s Population Research Center. Author of over 30 published articles and book chapters, his research is in the areas of sexual behavior, family, and religion. He's the author of two books: Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying (Oxford, 2011), which describes the norms, behaviors, and mating market realities facing young adults, and Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford, 2007), which tells the story of how religion does—and does not—shape teenagers' sexual decision-making. His work has been widely reviewed, including in Slate, the Dallas Morning News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The New Yorker, and his research and opinion pieces have been featured in numerous media outlets. His short article on the low price of sex among young adults was the ninth-most read article on Slate in 2011. Most recently, he was the author of a 2012 study appearing in Social Science Research on the comparatively optimal outcomes of young adults from stably-married families.
He is the principal investigator of The New Family Structure Study (NFSS) which is a comparative project which seeks to understand how young adults (ages 18-39) raised by same-sex parents fare on a variety of social, emotional, and relational outcome when compared with young adults raised in homes with their married biological parents, those raised with step-parent, and those raised in homes with two adoptive parents. In particular, the NFSS aims to collect new data in order to evaluate whether biological relatedness and the gender of young adults’ parents are associated with important social, emotional, and relational outcomes. Moreover, because there have been no large-scale studies of young adults who have spent time in households with two parents of the same sex, the NFSS seeks to field exactly such a study. Accordingly, the NFSS would provide scholars with an up-to-date portrait of the association between a variety of different family structure background experiences and the welfare of young adults
|Dr. Elard Koch - Director at MELISA Institute in Chile|
Professor Elard Koch, M.Sc, is a molecular epidemiologist and researcher at the Department of Family Medicine in the University of Chile. He is Associate Professor and Director of Research for the Institute of Molecular Epidemiology, Centre of Embryonic Medicine and Maternal Health at the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, in Santiago, Chile. He was awarded the ‘Academic Excellence Medal on Research’ for three consecutive years (2008, 2009 and 2010) from the University of Chile.
He has received the “Medal for Excellence in Academic Investigation” during three consecutive years, 2008-2010. In these last years he has received various recognitions like the Premio de la Sociedad Medica de Chile 2005: Premio Sociedad Chilena de Cardiologia 2006 and 2008; Fundacion de Cardiologia de Chile 2010. Merck Sharp & Dohme Award in 2006, and also the Henri Nestle Award 2008.
With a group of epidemiologist of the University of Chile, Chapel Hill in North Carolina and the Catholic Chilean University, Koch performed an investigation “Women’s Education Level, Maternal Health Facilities, Abortion Legislation and Maternal Deaths: a Natural Experiment in Chile from 1957 to 2007” (Level of education of women , facilities for maternal health, legislation about abortion and maternal mortality: a natural experiment in Chile from 1957 to 2007) published in the scientific magazine Plos One May 2012 edition.
|Alan Sears - President, CEO & General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom|
Alan Sears serves as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and likeminded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. He leads the strategy, training, funding, and litigation efforts of the legal ministry that have resulted in various roles in 39 victories at the United States Supreme Court and wins in more than three out of every four cases litigated to conclusion. Under his leadership, Alliance Defending Freedom has funded more than 2,400 grants and legal projects for allied lawyers and organizations, and its attorneys have successfully defended marriage as the union between one man and one woman in over 40 cases nationwide.
Since the launch of Alliance Defending Freedom in 1994, Sears has provided strategic leadership in the training of more than 1,600 lawyers through the one-of-a-kind Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Academy, which is designed to equip attorneys to more effectively defend religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and family. These attorneys have reported nearly $148 million in pro-bono/dedicated time. Sears’ visionary efforts have also resulted in the graduation of more than 1,200 outstanding law students, representing more than 140 law schools from the unique Blackstone Legal Fellowship leadership training program. This in-depth summer internship program helps equip these students to assume leadership positions to shape the future of American law. Today, Alliance Defending Freedom has nearly 2,200 allied attorneys.
Sears has co-authored several books, including The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today (2003) and The ACLU vs. America (2005), both with Craig Osten. His most recent books are In Justice (2009) and Trial and Error (2011).
|Rick Perry – Governor of the State of Texas (invited)|
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