Congratulations to Cindy Ho, founder of Saving Antiquities for Everyone (SAFE), who will receive the 2016 Outstanding Public Service Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.
I became aware of SAFE back in 2007 when I began research on the illicit antiquities trade in response to some of the bizarre arguments I saw repeatedly deployed to defend it. Cindy was very encouraging of those early explorations . Cindy has done a great deal to raise popular awareness of the looting problem and is thus well-deserving of this distinction. As she might say, looting is not just a loss to archaeology and historical study, but it constitutes a loss to us all. The AIA's citation for Cindy's award states "For her prominent and dedicated work to raise public awareness of the need to safeguard archaeological heritage."