Founder Arwa Damon to receive James W. Foley Humanitarian Award

Our founder and CNN Senior International Correspondent Arwa Damon will be recognized at the second annual James W. Foley Freedom Awards on May 1 in Washington D.C.

Commended for her compassionate advocacy on behalf of the refugee children that INARA works with, Arwa will receive the James W. Foley Humanitarian Award.

Speaking about this, Arwa said: “Like so many of us, Jim too was deeply touched and profoundly impacted by what we witness. Sometimes we can advocate through journalism, but sometimes we need to do something more to help those most in need. This is why founding an organization like INARA became a personal obligation for me. To be recognized as someone who is carrying on Jim's legacy is such an honor."

She was one of three extraordinary journalists selected by the James F. Foley Legacy Foundation as their 2017 honorees. She will be joined at the awards ceremony by Emma Beals, co-founder of the Frontline Freelance Register, and Delphine Halgand, the US Director of Reporters Without Borders, who have all been recognized for their courageous work covering conflicts.

Diane Foley launched the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in 2014 following the murder of her son, American conflict reporter James W. Foley, in Syria the same year. Foley said of this year’s honorees: “These three young women continue Jim's legacy of courageous commitment to bearing witness, reporting the truth on the ground around the world, and compassionate advocacy for those suffering amid conflict worldwide.”

Speaking about the honorees, Diane Foley said: “Emma Beals, an independent conflict journalist, and Arwa Damon, a seasoned staff conflict journalist at CNN, are truth seekers like Jim. They both risk their lives to bring us authentic images and stories from conflict zones. They have witnessed much of the suffering imposed on civilians amid the world’s conflicts, and the toll on fellow journalists and humanitarian workers who have dared to care.”