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During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15th - Oct. 15th), the Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office pays tribute to distinguished legal scholars, community leaders and organizations within our Hispanic community in recognition of their commitment to service.  

The annual El Humanitario Award honors the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and/or organizations in the Hispanic community who have demonstrated a commitment to the prevention of crime and the care of crime victims.  2018 was the inaugural year for this Award.

Criteria for this award include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;

  • Crime Prevention work;

  • Advocacy for victims of crime; and

  • Charity and/or Pro Bono work performed in Kankakee County.

To nominate an individual, submit a letter explaining the reason for your recommendation. This letter should reflect as much information as possible to support the consideration of the nominee based on the criteria for award selection.  Be sure to include your contact information, along with the contact information for your nominee. 

Your nomination must be received by the State's Attorney's Office, either by email or regular mail, on or before September 10th.  Send your nomination to:

or via regular mail to:

State's Attorney's Office

c/o El Humanitario Award Committee

450 East Court Street, 3rd Floor

Kankakee, IL 60901

The award will be presented in conjunction with the Kankakee County Hispanic Partnership's Heritage Month Celebration, held on September 17th between 5pm-6pm at The Train Depot in downtown Kankakee, Illinois.  Nominees who are selected should be able to attend the Award Celebration.


In 2018 we presented the first annual State’s Attorney’s El Humanitario Awards in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. These awards recognize diligent and impactful service to our Kankakee County Hispanic community. The 2018 recipients were community advocate Lorenia Lara, attorney Eric Davis, and KC-CASA advocate Natalie Ojeda. Their work makes our county stronger.

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