Corboy & Demetrio Partner Daniel S. Kirschner will serve as Co-Chair of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit to be held on April 27, 2017.
The 6th installment of The Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism, which will be presented at the event, was created in memorial to Dan Kirschner’s late father to honor his human rights work both domestically and abroad. Dr. Kirschner was an internationally recognized forensic pathologist and well-regarded authority on child abuse, torture, police brutality, and the death penalty.
“The Kovler Center always had a special place in my dad’s heart,” said Dan Kirschner. “He was always adamant that international human rights work started at home, whether it was shining an early light on police torture under Chicago Police Commander Burge or helping foreign torture victims who found their way to Chicago and the Kovler Center,” explained Dan.
Dr. Kirschner's human rights work took him to more than a dozen foreign countries where torture, extra-judicial executions and mass killings occurred. Through the Kovler Center, Dr. Kirschner trained pro bono health providers to conduct forensic evaluations of torture survivors, provided ongoing consultation to Kovler Center staff and volunteers, and assisted Kovler Center client’s in the asylum-seeking process.
Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul will receive the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner Award at the benefit.