On June 2, 2011 in New York City, Breakthrough hosted Speakout: A Benefit to Promote Human Rights.
The event, attended by 200 guests, raised funds to support Breakthrough's cutting-edge programs in the United States and India, which use the power of arts, media, and pop culture to advance human rights. Our line-up included moving and inspiring performances by: ABC-TV anchor Juju Chang, playwright and actor Nilaja Sun, magician Devonte Rosero, winner of Breakthrough's I AM THIS LAND video contest, Jean Franco Vergaray, Executive Director of GEMS, Rachel Lloyd, and musician Salman Ahmad.
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Performing artist Devonte Rosero is quickly establishing himself as one of the hottest upcoming stars in entertainment. He is presently the head of the nonprofit organization Magicians without Borders chapter in El Salvador, where he teaches and performs his magic in some of the poorest areas. Devonte at his young age is the recipient of […]
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning correspondant for ABC News and currently serves as a special correspondent and fill-in anchor for Nightline. Previously she was the news anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America from 2009–2011. She also hosts "Moms Get Real," a digital show for ABC News NOW aimed at cracking the facade of perfect […]
Nilaja Sun is the solo performer and writer of the Off-Broadway smash No Child…, which concluded its run at the Barrow Street Theatre in June 2007. For her creation and performance of No Child… and its subsequent national tour, Nilaja garnered 17 awards including: an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, two Outer Critics Circle […]
“One of 50 Women Who Change the World” – Ms. Magazine In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Ashoka Fellow, Reebok Human Rights Award winner and leading child sex trafficking advocate Rachel Lloyd established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support American girls and young women survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic […]
Salman Ahmad, one of South Asia’s most influential cultural figures, is a musician, physician and United Nations goodwill ambassador. With his wife, Samina, he launched an NGO called the Salman & Samina Global Wellness Initiative, focused on interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue, global health and wellness, and music education. Ahmad popularized a blend of Western rock […]
Breakthrough Inspiration Award Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve’s newest work, I Am An Emotional Creature: The Secret Life Of Girls Around The World, was released February 2010 in book […]