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The Romero Award each year honours a Trócaire partner who has displayed courage and commitment to advancing the cause of human rights in the communities where we work.
Trócaire partners with over 400 local organisations around the world who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to support communities facing threats. Launched in 2018, the Romero Award is presented to highlight the bravery of our partners.
The award is named in honour of Saint Oscar Romero, who was a Trócaire partner prior to his assassination in March 1980. Trócaire supported Saint Romero’s work with the poor and marginalised in El Salvador. Today, his spirit lives on in the work of our partners around the world.
Abelino Chub Caal works with indigenous Mayan communities in Guatemala to protect them against violence from state and corporate interests. He spent 800 days in prison as a result of his activism.
Sligo-native Sr Bridget Tighe was honoured with Trócaire’s inaugural Romero Award in recognition of her humanitarian work in Gaza and the Middle East.