Guam - Local author and attorney Julian Aguon has been awarded the prestigious Petra Award for Human Rights Work by the Petra Foundation. The organization was established in 1988 to sustain the trajectory of Petro Shattuck's life by honoring the kind of people she most admired-unsung individuals making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of others.

Selected as the 2011 Petra Fellow, Aguon receives a $7,500 financial award, which will be presented to him in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November. Aguon will also join an inclusive, informal, hands-on national network of citizen activists who are working across the lines of age, ethnicity, class and issue to build a more just society.