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AILA Presents Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Memorial Human Rights Award

George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recognizes Guerline Jozef with the 2022 Arthur C. Helton Human Rights Award for outstanding service in advancing the cause of human rights.

Guerline Jozef is a leading human rights advocate who dedicates her life to bringing awareness to issues that affect us all locally and globally, such as immigration, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and other human rights issues.

Ms. Jozef is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Haitian Bridge Alliance (HBA), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and humane immigration policies. HBA provides migrants and immigrants with humanitarian, deportation defense, legal, and social services. It has a particular focus on Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, the Haitian community, women and girls, LGBTQA+ individuals, and survivors of torture and other human rights abuses.

Ms. Jozef is also the Co-Founder of the Black Immigrants Bail Fund, which provides free assistance and relief to Black immigrants. She is also a founding member of the Cameroon Advocacy Network (CAN), which fought for the designation of Temporary Protected Status and other protections for our Cameroonian community members.

Ms. Jozef was named one of POLITICO’s 2021 40 Most Influential People on Race, Politics, and Policy in the United States for her leadership and has been the recipient of prestigious awards—most recently, the Las Americas’ 2021 Border Heroes Award, 2021 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, and 2022 National Haitian-American Elected Officials Network Community Champion Award.

Her motto in life is “Anpil Men Chay Pa Lou” (Haitian Creole for "many hands lighten the load").


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 22060151.