Wednesday, May 02, 2012


LOS ANGLES,— On April 28th, 2012 Soraya Fallah received the “2012 Leadership and Human Rights” award from The Sheriff's Indo-American Council at the 4th Annual Sheriff's Show, Honoring Men & Women in Uniform, Community & Business Leaders.

Soraya dedicated this award to her fellow activists around the world, especially those currently facing imprisonment and torture in Kurdistan and Iran. During her brief but eloquent speech, Soraya reminded her audience of people whose basic human rights are trampled on. She spoke passionately about not being able to forget those whose voices have been silenced. She also thanked members of the Iranian and Kurdish community, as well as the members of the many organizations she works with who came to the event to celebrate with her. Soraya thanked the organizing committee for the recognition. She mentioned Kurdish community of Southern California, Iranian community, members of Supporter of Mothers of Laleh Park, the US Committee for UN Women-Greater LA, UNAUSA-SV Chapter board members.

The Honorable Sheriff Leroy D. Baca personally handed Soraya her award.

After her speech, she was greeted on stage by her son, Zaniar Moradian, and the representative of the Kurdish Community of Southern California and received a large bouquet of beautiful flowers as a token of gratitude for her leadership in the community.

The Sheriff's Indo-American Council have held this event for the past four years to honor community leaders, service members, celebrated individuals in entertainment, media, and the arts. This year’s event coincided with the Indian New Year, which made for a lively celebration of traditional Indian dance, music, and fashion. The prestigious event was organized by Maria Amor, president of We Care For The World Organization. Along with her colleague Kevin Kaul, Ms. Amor put together an impressive ceremony held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More than 200 distinguished guests and notable community leaders attended this event, including The Honorable Sheriff Leroy D. Baca and LA City Council members. Thirteen companies and organizations partnered together to sponsor the night. The room was also packed with members of the press covering the event for various news outlets,
www.ekurd.netshows, and websites. All proceeds from the event were collected for charitable causes such as an endowment for the families that have lost service members over the past 10 years.

After Soraya received her award, she was interviewed on the red carpet by several Radio and TV channels. Soraya took the opportunity to bring up the issue of human rights and asked members of the Los Angeles community to participate in civil and community services. She specifically urged the international community to work to end human rights violations in Iran. Soraya mentioned that she will continue to work towards ending violence against women, ethnic, and national minorities, specifically for the rights of the Kurdish people. She also thanked her husband of twenty-five years, her son and daughter for their unconditional support in her activism and humanitarian works.

The event committee commissioned the celebrated Armenian artist Mkrtich Sarkisyan and Edgar Harutyunyan to create a one of a kind sculpture to be handed to the recipients as their awards.

Sorays’s dress for the evening was designed by Shakar Rahat who is a well known fashion designer and the recipient of the 2012 Fashion Couturier of the Year Award at the same event. Soraya glowed in a long turquoise color dress and her stunning beauty was even more vibrant.

Guests were able to enjoy two fashion shows, art gallery, entertainment, food, red carpet and much more.

VOKRadio, Kurdish feminist Tribune, Apadana TV, Porchooneh Radio, and Mike Doe the Photographer from Rita Photos were the media outlets present to cover Soraya’s award ceremony. She also enjoyed presence of the Kurdish film producer, director, and writer Mr. Jano Rosbiani and Individual members of Olympus Community Based Health Center where she works as a social worker and supervisor.

More information about Soraya Fallah:

Whenever someone hears Soraya Fallah’s life story, they are struck by her compassion and deep commitment to the betterment of the world. Soraya’s life story sounds more like a script to a Hollywood film, embellished with tragedies and triumphs. But the reality of her selfless dedication to human rights is more awe-inspiring than any dramatized fiction. Soraya, quite literally, began her activism in childhood and has not rested ever since. She has worked tirelessly for the rights of women, children, and ethnic minorities in Kurdistan and in Iran.
She has also accomplished great heights. She has a graduate degree in International Relations and has used her expertise to do research and write on the conditions of women and minorities. She is often invited to give speeches at international conferences and human rights events. She is a regular commentator on radio shows and TV channels, and has published articles shedding light on the lives of innocent people whose dignity have been robbed by tyrannical regimes.

Soraya’s humility is astonishing. Whenever praised for her resilience and strength, whenever she is recognized for overcoming the many adversaries she has faced, she is quick to mention the many human rights defenders around the world who are risking their lives to stand up for the rights of people who have been exploited, abused, and disenfranchised.

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Media coverage for the Award ceremony :
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Soraya Fallah Will Receive Leadership and Human Rights Award

Mrs. Soraya Fallah Will Receive the 2012 " Leadership and Human Rights Award"  
27 April 2012
By : Cklara Moradian
soraya_fallah_n.jpgThe 4th Annual Sheriff's Show, Honoring Men & Women in Uniform, Community & Business Leaders will be held this Saturday April 28th 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Soraya Fallah who is a lifelong human rights advocate and researcher, will receive the Leadership and Human Rights award during this evening.
Some of the other guests who will be appearing during this ceremony are:
The Honorable Sheriff Leroy D. Baca and LA City Council members, alongside many notable figures such as: Varun Gandhi, grandson of assassinated former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. He is flying to Los Angeles to receive the "Youth Leadership Award"; Royalty Prince Frederic of Germany is also receiving an award as the 2012 Hall Of Fame Honoree.  A few respected men and women in uniform are also scheduled to receive awards for their sacrifice and hard work. 
For the past year, more than 40 individuals have worked hard to identify worthy candidates for this award ceremony. Soraya was known for them as an advocate of human rights and leader in the community.
From a young age she has been tirelessly dedicating her time, energy, and resources to lead and mobilize campaigns for the advancement of human rights around the globe. Her work has often endangered her life, but she has continued on with more urgency and resilience.
Soraya's list of activism and accomplishments are seemingly endless.
Some of the highlights are mentioned below:
She organized and chaired the first international conference for women in post-Saddam Iraq. She also represented the first Iranian and Iraqi Kurdish women's caucus in the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women in 2008.
Her articles in English, Farsi, and Kurdish are regularly published in several international media outlets and magazines. She is a regular commentator on radio broadcasts such as Voice of America, KPFK, Tishk TV, Radio SBS, Radio sedaye zan Vancouver .
Soraya serves the Los Angeles community by helping elderly immigrates, providing them with mental health and community resources. She provides this very volatile population with the respect and compassion they deserve.
Soraya has co-founded several non-governmental organizations and holds advisory and board positions in NGOs that are raising public awareness on the abuses of human rights in Iran. copy_final_flyer_4th_sheriff.jpg
She is currently the acting president of Kurdish Community of Southern California. She works extensively with Amnesty International, Human Rights Federation, UNAUSA, UNWomen, and other advocacy groups.
She has often been a leader in the community and has helped pave the way for other women to follow their passions. In 2011 she broke cumbersome traditions by becoming the first MS. Kurdistan during the Miss Exoti-Lady Pageants.
Soraya has a graduate degree and works full-time as a supervisor. She is a loving wife and mother of two children who are in college. 
This event is organized by Maria Amor, president of We Care For The World organization. Thirteen other organizations have sponsored this event.

All proceeds from this event will go to causes such as an endowment to the families that have lost service members over the past 10 years. 
The ceremony will be covered by international and local media. More than hundred International, national, and local TV channels, Newspapers, Radio stations will cover this event. In support of Soraya some of the local media and TV and photographer will be present: VOK Radio, Apadana TV channel, Porchooneh Radio station, a Photographer from Rita Photos and two reporters for online magazines.
The Red Carpet will start at 5:30 pm, to be followed by Dinner and entertainment.

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