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Registration open for 2022 Civil Rights Awards Reception

August 24, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm



The ADL Mountain States Region’s annual Civil Rights Awards Reception will return this year after a pandemic pause. The event will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Wed., Aug. 24 at the Cable Center in Denver. The honorees are Colorado State Representative Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Julie Reiskin, Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. For more information and registration click here.


Dafna Michaelson Jenet represents House District 30, which encompasses parts of Aurora, Commerce City and Thornton. Rep. Michaelson Jenet has been a tremendous advocate for the civil rights of all. Among her many legislative accomplishments, she co-sponsored the Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Public Schools Act, Colorado Nonprofit Security Grant Program Act and a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors. She has also introduced bills to enhance youth mental health and reduce teen suicide.

She is a graduate of Leadership Commerce City, an alumna of Leadership Denver, and a graduate of ADL’s Sturm Fellows Leadership Program. Michaelson Jenet is a past director of the Holocaust Awareness Institute at the University of Denver. Along with her husband, Michael Jenet, she cofounded and operates the Journey Institute. They also host the TEDxCrestmoorPark. She published the book, “It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference,” which won an International Book Award in the social change category.

Julie Reiskin is the executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). She is a passionate leader who advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities. Reiskin assists organizations seeking to improve, expand, or enhance their ability to effectively practice real and meaningful client/constituent engagement at all levels of the organization. She also helps organizations develop disability cultural competence. Among other things, she is a renowned expert on publicly funded long-term community based-service, disability rights law, public benefits, and the intersectionality of systemic and individual advocacy.

Reiskin was appointed by President Obama to serve on the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation as the client representative. She has taught extensively in the areas of disability rights, disability culture, and disability policy, along with other areas related to diversity in human services.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit the event website or contact Susie Moss, Director of Development, at mountainstates@adl.org.

Thank you to our event sponsors (as of June 30, 2022):


 Barry and Gay Curtiss-Lusher
Rebecca and Ken Gart


Pepper and Heins Families

Elisa Moran and Gary Kleiman

GSR FUND, Inc. by Rosenblum Family

Iris and Michael Smith



Epstein Patierno LLP

Holland and Hart

Sacha Millstone


Feldman Mortuary

Jane E. Rosenbaum


The Cable Center
2000 Buchtel Boulevard
Denver, CO 80210 United States
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