2014 Civil Courage Prize Honoree
Anti-Mafia Prosecutor, Italy
An Italian magistrate, Nicola Gratteri has dedicated himself to working against the 'ndrangheta organized crime syndicate for 25 years. He is considered to be the successor to such legendary anti-mafia magistrates as Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino.
Gratteri was born in 1958 in Calabria, the third of five children from a humble family. Many of his childhood companions were born into families of the ‘ndrangheta and became 'ndrangheta themselves.
Gratteri, however, graduated from high school and enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of Catania. He is currently one of the most well-known prosecutors in Italy.
His battle against narcotics trafficking remains focused and relentless. Recently, with the success of operation "New Bridge," which was run with the assistance of the FBI, he has reinforced the importance of international collaboration and cooperation in this battle.
On the front lines against the 'ndrangheta for decades, he has lived under police protection since April 1989, employing 15 bodyguards and constantly moving locations.
He has been a Special Prosecutor for Reggio Calabria since 2009. He currently serves as an Advisor to the Italian Parliamentary Anti-Mafia Commission. He has written several books and has been honored with Italian awards for his work against the 'ndrangheta. His most recent book, Acqua Santissima, written with the historian Antonio Nicaso, exposes the dense relationship of the church and the ‘ndrangheta, spurring the present Pope into making his most recent appeals to Mafiosi to repent.
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Honoree Nicola Gratteri
Keynote speaker Cyrus Vance, Honoree Nicola Gratteri, and Train Trustee John Menzies
Seated: Founder and Chairman John Train with Honoree Nicola Gratteri
Standing L to R: Train Trustee Louis Bickford; Train Advisors Bowdy Train and Nina Choa; Keynote Speaker Cyrus Vance; Train Trustees Ariadne Calvo-Platero, Musa Klebnikov and John Menzies