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Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:30 PM to 9 PM at The Lucy by Cescaphe, 231 S Broad Street  Philadelphia, PA 19107

2019 Citizens Soiree Committee
Ryan Igbanol and Malou Innocent Koch
Daniel Berger, Sarah Sullivan and Svetlana Milutinovic


In support of Philadelphia’s place as a national leader in democracy and justice, Citizen Diplomacy honors Robert A. Swift, a pioneer in human rights litigation, for his groundbreaking work in pursuit of justice for human rights victims around the world.

For more than 30 years, Swift has worked to secure justice for victims of human rights abuses, including people murdered during the Holocaust; people tortured and disappeared by former president of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos; and Korean forced laborers from World War II. He has been recognized by his peers on numerous occasions both locally and nationally. In 1995, the National Law Journal named him one of the 10 best trial attorneys in the United States and in 2013, the University of Denver's Law School presented him with a prestigious human rights awards for his achievements in human rights jurisprudence. He has also served on the boards of Haverford College and Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education.

You can read more about his passionate career here and his own writings on the groundbreaking 1986 case against Marcos here.

Philadelphia welcomes over 1,200 international exchange visitors each year. Democracy and human rights justice are two of our most popular programs. 2019 is Citizen Diplomacy’s 65th year and along with honoring Robert Swift, we are highlighting Philadelphia’s place as a national leader for democratic ideals, rule of law and free press.

Thank You to Our Generous 2019 Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

ELAP Services


Steve and Susan Kelly
MidDay Foundation


The Beneficial Foundation
Ryan Igbanol and Tasha Taylor-Igbanol 
Thomas J. and Katherine Jennings
Kohn Swift and Graf, P.C.
PWP Video
Wendy and Thomas J. Williams and JR Resources


PNC Bank
RSM - Greater Philadelphia Region
Bill and MaryLou Spang and Spangles Custom Jewelry Designs


Bradley & Bradley Associates, Inc.
Christopher and Betsy D'Angelo
William G. Daniels and Martha Sharples
Office of International Programs at Drexel University
Fox Rothschild
Raquel N. Guzmán
Hogan Lovells International
Malcolm J. Ingram
Malou Innocent Koch
MBlock Chain Inc.
George H. Nofer, Esq.
Parx Casino
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Brian and Soozung Rankin
Stevenson Advocacy
Gabriella Vaca and Luca Favaro
Volpe and Koenig
Water Street Partners
White and Williams

1225 Raw  l  The Capital Grille  l  City Tavern  l  Club Quarters  l  William G. Daniels and Martha Sharples  l  Elap Services  l  Field House Sports and Beer Hall  l  Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia  l  The Late Show with Stephan Colbert   l  Melograno Restaurant  l  Museum of the American Revolution  l  National Constitution Center  l  The Notary/Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Downtown   l  North Bowl  l  Pennsylvania Ballet  l  Philadelphia Liberty One Observation Deck  l  Philadelphia Museum of Art  l  Philadelphia Orchestra  l  Philadelphia Magic Garden  l  Philadelphia Union  l  R2L  l  Ritz Carlton Philadelphia  l  Volpe and Koenig  l  Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square  l  Wawa  l  The Windsor Suites 

The Citizen Diplomacy Board of Directors for going above and beyond to achieve our Soiree sucess! 
HughE Dillon and Andre Flewellen, Society Photographer @PhillyChitChat
Dominic Settembrino, President & CEO of DJ Sound & Lighting
Our UArts musicians: Ravi Seenarine (saxophone), Scott Blanke (trombone), Raph Krause Palit (guitar), Dan McCain (bass) and Kevin Blanke (drums)
Alex Peltz of Peltz Creative
Cara Reaves and Marisa Burns @CescapheBlack
Robert Swift Photos in the Phillipines by Tony Oquias
Wendy Williams and JR Resources for our personalized Citizen Diplomat of the Year Crystal Globe Award

Watch the video of our 2018 Citizen Diplomat of the Year Dr. Stephan Grupp or click here to see a photos from the 2018 event!

Questions? Call Andrea Silva, Director of Development at 215-683-0993 or