Communities United advocate and field organizer Perry Hopkins will be honored next month for his work shining a light on the plight of people in Baltimore's Gilmor Homes community. He'll receive the Simon K. Walton Civil Justice award on June 11 during the Maryland Association for Justice's President’s Gala.
Hopkins helped publicize poor living conditions in Gilmor Homes, including the fact that repairmen were demanding sexual favors in exchange for much-needed repairs. In January, at least 19 women received an undisclosed amount of money as part of a settlement stemming from the issue. More recently, Hopkins worked to make sure that ex-offenders knew about and exercised their voting rights.
"Hopkins organized and led multiple protests to bring attention to the issue and met with civic leaders, including Housing Authority staff," the group said in a press release. "His work and dedication to helping these victims was pivotal in the efforts to find justice for these women."
The group says that candidates for the award must have worked on behalf of Maryland families and consumers, or have worked to "advance or preserve access to the courts."