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Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum selects Margaret Regan as its 2013 speaker and award winner

Posted by boston.com  August 27, 2013 11:48 AM

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Margaret Regan, the recipient of the Peace & Justice Award 2013

Journalist Margaret Regan will be honored with the third annual Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award on Sept. 21 during an event at the Trinitarial Congregational Church in Concord.

The award comes in recognition of Regan's work reporting on the deaths of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a press release. Regan is also a speaker at the event, and will give a talk titled "Deaths in the Desert: The Unseen Humanitarian Crisis in the Immigration Debate."

“I was honored and humbled to be selected as the recipient of the Al Filipov Peace & Justice Award,” Regan said. “I look forward to sharing the stories of the immigrant men, women and children who have lost their lives on their perilous journey to a better life in America.”

The Al Filipov Peace & Justice Forum has been held annually since 2002, and was founded after Loretta Filipov's husband, a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church, died during the attacks on Sept,11, 2001.

For each of the annual events, a speaker is invited to talk about their work and vision for a more peaceful world. The award was inaugurated on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 events to honor the speaker's work and contributions.

Regan has written for years about economic, political and historical factors that cause human tragedies along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her 2010 book, “The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands,” was named a Southwest Book of the Year and a Common Read for the national Unitarian Universalist Church.

“We are so excited to have Margaret Regan this year," said Loretta Filipov. "She has an amazing ability to put a human face on a very difficult issue. She will deliver a powerful message."

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