The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is pleased to announce our 2020 honorees. We will hold a virtual event Dec. 5 to recognize this year’s award winners. Award recipients are typically honored at the ACLUNV’s annual fundraisers in Las Vegas and Reno, but that was impossible this year because of the pandemic.


Each of the ACLUNV’s 2020 honorees deserves recognition for their contributions to a more perfect state of Nevada through legislation, investigative journalism, advocating for communities in need, and more.  

Liberty in Government Award: Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson 

Assemblyman Thompson’s legislation always focused on Nevada’s most vulnerable communities. The assemblyman’s family will accept this posthumous award on his behalf. 

Emilie Wanderer Award for Civil Libertarian of the Year: Jon Sasser 

Jon Sasser has advocated on behalf of low-income Nevadans in the Legislature, state agencies and the courts since 1982. Now in retirement, he continues to advise legal services programs regarding legislative matters, comment on briefs and generally consult pro bono. 

Freedom of the Press Award: Anjeanette Damon 

Anjeanette Damon has been a Nevada journalist for 22 years and is committed to shining a light on problems and connecting those who can solve them. 

Freedom of the Press Award: The Nevada Independent 

Founded in 2017, The Nevada Independent is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news and opinion website that has elevated the political discourse throughout Nevada.  

Community Advocate Award: Hannah Brown 

Hannah Brown is a longtime advocate for the Black community in Southern Nevada. 

Community Advocate Award: Emily Paulsen 

Emily Paulsen has served as the executive director of the Nevada Homeless Alliance since 2016.