International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC Freedom Award

The International Rescue Committee first bestowed its Freedom Award for extraordinary contributions to the cause of refugees and human freedom to Willy Brandt. The year was 1957. The list of those who have received the Freedom Award reveals the remarkable ability of an individual to shape history and change for the better a world moving toward freedom for all.

1957
 Willy Brandt
1958
 
Winston Churchill
1959
 
William Donovan
1960
 Richard E. Byrd
1965
 George Meany
1966
 David Dubinsky
1967
 David Sarnoff
1969
 Lucius D. Clay
1970
 Jacob K. Javits
1975
 Bruno Kreisky
1976
 Leo Cherne
1977
 Hubert H. Humphrey
1978
 Joseph Buttinger
1979
 Mary Pillsbury Lord (postumously)
1981
 Lane Kirkland and Irena Kirkland
1987
 Elie Wiesel
  John C. Whitehead
1989
 Sadruddin Aga Khan
 
 Lech Walesa
1990
 Violetta Barrios de Chammorro
1991
 Fang Lizhi and Li Shuxian
  Javier Perez de Cuellar
1992
 Cyrus Vance
1993
 George Soros - Distinguished Humanitarian Award
  Dwayne O. Andreas - Distinguished Public Service Award
1994
 Theodore J. Forstmann - Distinguished Humanitarian Award
 
 Felix G. Rohatyn - Distinguished Public Service Award
1995
 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi - Special Freedom Award Recipent, in absentia
  Sadako Ogata
 
 Richard Holbrooke
1997
 Robert P. DeVecchi
1998
 Madeleine Albright
2001
 John McCain
2002
 Reynold Levy
  Hamid Karzai
2003
 Vaclav Havel
2004
 Romeo Dallaire  - Distinguished Humanitarian Award
2005
 George H.W. Bush and William J.Clinton
2006
 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
2007
 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Antonio Guterres and Angelina Jolie
2008
 Kofi Annan
2011
 The Brokaw Family: Tom and Meredith Brokaw;
Dr. Jennifer Brokaw; Andrea Brokaw Simon;
Sarah Brokaw
2012
 John C. Whitehead
2013
 George Soros
2014
 The Humanitarian Aid Worker