Who is Ellen Firestone?
After attending a Youth for Human Rights Summit with her son at UCLA in 2007, Ellen’s passion for human rights education began. She immediately went into action “to make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights well known” but more than that, she enables people to do something about it with her simple yet effective workshop called Human Rights: from Education to Action. For over 10 years, Ellen has delivered workshops and lectures at schools, churches, corporations, universities, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and the United Nations Headquarters in NY. She has a growing list of human rights contacts around the globe.
Back in 1948 after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations, the UN General Assembly called upon all member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and “to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions…” Ellen has taken this to heart.
Ellen Firestone has worked as an International Human Rights Ambassador with United for Human Rights for over a decade. For the past two years, Ellen served as National Council Member for the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) and Co-Chaired the Partnerships and Collaborations Committee. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia (UNA-GP) and Chairs the Human Rights Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Global Education Motivators (GEM), an International NGO based at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
In April 2018, Ellen received the President’s Volunteer Service Award* (PVSA) for her work with Human Rights education. Along with this, she received letters of commendation from President Trump as well as the US Senators from her home state of Delaware, Senator Christopher A. Coons and Senator Thomas R. Carper.
Her goal is to help create a fair and free world by increasing understanding and inspiring others into pro-survival action.
* The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes, celebrates and inspires service leaders and volunteers. The goal is to encourage more individuals to embody the spirit of volunteerism that makes this country so great. Through PVSA, Americans of all ages – youth to seniors – are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens. The award is a way to thank and honor Americans who, by example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service.