Photo by Todd Rose
“International Anti-Corruption Champions Award Ceremony”
Washington, D.C., December 8, 2023
"In public service – whether in government or in civil society – I know it can feel at times like the challenges are just too big; the forces arrayed against change too strong, too entrenched to make meaningful progress.
One of the things that I love most about this ceremony each year is that every one of our awardees has proved that idea wrong. There is no force against progress that is actually immovable. You’ve demonstrated with your work, with your courage, with your commitment that it can be done. Even in places where impunity is the rule, you’ve shown how determined individuals can tip the balance, make the difference toward justice."
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken
December 8, 2023
Full awards ceremony; begins at 43:00 minutes