On Monday (July 14), Dr. Alejandro Chafuen, a resident of Rappahannock County since 1991, was awarded the Walter Judd Freedom Award for his leadership in founding and nurturing think tanks around the world.
“Dr. Chafuen’s work with think tanks throughout the world has built a network that supports freedom and economic development. He has demonstrated great personal courage in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles to human freedom,” said Roger Ream, president of The Fund for American Studies.
Established in 1993, the award recognizes individuals who have devoted their lives to the preservation and expansion of freedom and been outspoken voices against tyranny and oppression in the world and national affairs. These are the values of Dr. Walter Judd, a former U.S. congressman and missionary, whose courage, spirit and oratory inspired thousands of people worldwide throughout his seven decades in public life.
Since 1991, Dr. Chafuen has served as president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty. He is also the president of the International Freedom Educational Foundation and the Hispanic American Center of Economic Research.
He serves on the boards of the Chase Foundation of Virginia, the Acton Institute and the Fraser Institute. He is an active honorary member of the John Templeton Foundation and a trustee of Grove City College and The Philadelphia Society. Recently Dr. Chafuen became a Forbes contributor, where he covers think tanks, scholars and champions of innovation.
Past award recipients include President Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley Jr., Mary Anastasia O’Grady, The Honorable Jack Kemp, Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Representative Frank Wolf and Harry Wu.