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Keynote Speaker


TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019

6:00-9:00 P.M.



Honorary Co-Chairs

Join us for the 2019 Power of Healing benefit to celebrate the transformative work of Marjorie Kovler Center.

For press inquiries, contact Mailee Garcia at MUGARCIA@HEARTLANDALLIANCE.ORG

For general information, contact Amanda Hasse at AHASSE@HEARTLANDALLIANCE.ORG

keynote Speaker

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate. 

Hillary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947. After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund.  In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea.  

As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Hillary Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children's Health Insurance Program.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. As Senator, she worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. After September 11, 2001, she helped to rebuild New York and provide health care for first responders.

In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state. 

In her four years as America's chief diplomat and the President's principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton led the effort to restore America’s leadership in the world. She negotiated a cease-fire in Gaza that defended Israel’s security and headed off another war in the Middle East, mobilized an international coalition to impose crippling sanctions against Iran, and championed human rights around the world, as she has her entire career.  

In 2016, Clinton made history again by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.  As the Democratic candidate for president, she campaigned on a vision of America that is “stronger together” and an agenda to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top, earning the support of nearly 66 million Americans.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the author of seven best-selling books.  What Happened – released in September of 2017 – spent 16 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. 

She and President Clinton reside in New York, have one daughter, Chelsea, and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte and Aidan.


Peter Kovler  Founder of Marjorie Kovler Center Honoree of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism

Peter Kovler
Founder of Marjorie Kovler Center
Honoree of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism

Peter Kovler is Chairman of the Board of the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation. He is also the Founder of Marjorie Kovler Center, named after his late mother. 

Through the Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, Peter and his wife, Judy, further their commitment to finding solutions to America’s neglected needs.  The Foundation has advanced groundbreaking medical research, established profound cultural institutions, and implemented critical direct services for those in need.

Their dedication to social change through their philanthropy has created an enduring legacy and an exemplar – from establishing Marjorie Kovler Center, one of the first torture treatment centers in the United States, to endowing the American University School of Law Kovler Project on Torture.


Robert H. Kirschner, MD was an internationally recognized authority on forensic pathology, human rights violations, police brutality, torture and child abuse. Dr. Kirschner's activism took him to more than a dozen foreign countries where torture, extra-judicial executions and mass killings occurred. Dr. Kirschner trained pro bono health providers to conduct forensic evaluations of torture survivors and provided ongoing consultation to Kovler Center staff and volunteers. The recipient of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism embodies the spirit of Dr. Kirschner and, like him, has conducted exemplary work to serve the world’s most vulnerable populations and to give a voice to those who have been silenced.

Join us to support Marjorie Kovler Center’s three decades of service, training, and advocacy for torture survivors and congratulate Peter Kovler, recipient of the Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism.

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Host Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs
Madeleine K. Albright
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Victoria Reggie Kennedy
Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Committee Members
Mike Bauer
Holly Birnbaum* and Mark Sherman
John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum
Mary Fabri and David Goldberg
Robert Flynn
Scott Goodman
Marcie Hemmelstein and David Drew
Marc Kadish
Joe** and Amy Karthesier
Daniel S. Kirschner
Elaine Klemen**
Mesirow Financial
Theodore Michalke**
Jennifer Miller** and Bruce McPhee
Renee and Ken Moses
Clare Muñana
Frank Quinn and Craig Andree
Bronwyn Rae* and Ken Adler
Sandy Rebitzer
Dr. Lisa Rone
Ajay Shah
Adele Simmons
Alén Takhsh**
Sean Tenner
Patrick Thompson*
Judith Weinstein* and Mathew MacCumber
Kristen Underhill Welch** and Barclay Welch
Paul* and Susan Zucker

*Marjorie Kovler Center Leadership Council
**Heartland Alliance International Board Members

Our Story

Heartland Alliance International (HAI) is the global arm of Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights, a family of organizations leading anti-poverty and social justice work in Chicago for 130 years. Across the world, when human rights are threatened, HAI works to restore them. We implement programs in nearly a dozen countries, including in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and in Chicago at the Marjorie Kovler Center for survivors of torture. HAI’s technical areas include mental health and psychosocial support, gender equality, access to justice, and stigma-free HIV healthcare. Across all programs, HAI promotes progressive, innovative approaches to human rights protections and gender equality.

Marjorie Kovler Center is a program of HAI. Since 1987, Kovler Center has provided integrated, high-quality mental health, medical, and social services to survivors of politically-sanctioned torture and their families. Kovler Center serves more than 350 survivors of torture from 60 different countries annually.