The Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus announces it has created the Tom P. Lantos Award “to not only honor his memory, but to remind all of us what is possible and what we can do when we have great people like Chairman Lantos who dedicate their life to public service,” according to the caucus’ news release.
“Chairman Tom Lantos leaves a legacy and commitment of fighting for many important issues that include, human rights, civil rights, ending genocide in Darfur, combating anti-Semitism and Israel’s safety and security,” the release says. “The news coverage, memorial service, and public statements from the past week only begin to touch upon the great legacy that he has left behind.”
The Tom P. Lantos Award will be given annually to a public figure “who exemplifies Chairman Lantos’s dedication to public service and who serves as an advocate for individuals who cannot speak for themselves.”
The inaugural recipient will be named the first week of May, with a nomination deadline of April 4; in future years, the award will be presented during the second week in February. Nomination suggestions and questions should be directed to Award Committee Chairman Aaron Keyak — a native of Lantos’ district, now in Washington, D.C. — at firstname.lastname@example.org