For Over 30 years, Judith Wood has been working tirelessly for individuals all over the world for one simple goal: To Give Them Human Rights. She has saved countless lives including men, women and children who come to her seeking asylum in the United States due to having been attacked, beaten, raped and even threatened with execution overseas because these individuals simply exercised freedom of speech.
In one of her first cases, Ms Wood met an immigrant who had been physically attacked and violated for opening up a school for girls in Afghanistan. When no one else could or seem to even to want to help this woman, Ms Wood took her case. It was a David vs Goliath battle where the courts initially ruled that this immigrant had to return to her home country to certain death. Ms Wood would not give up which led to her arguing before the United States Court of Appeals. Ms. Wood argued not only for her client, but that the law itself was wrong. Her brilliance won ever the most critical of Federal Judges and she was victorious. This decision changed the law of asylum nationwide by allowing women to be defined as a protected class. This ruling saved the life of her client as well as thousands of other female refugees who were facing death in their home countries.
This story led to the critically acclaimed film Saint Judy starring Michelle Monaghan.
California International University is proud to honor Professor Judith Wood with the:
California Humanitarian Award