Part of the yearly celebration of the anniversary of the IAS is the awarding of the Freedom Medal to deserving persons for their humanitarian activities.
According to the book What is Scientology?:
Each year since 1985, the IAS has recognized individuals who have defended the cause of religious freedom by awarding them the Freedom Medal at its anniversary celebration every October. This medal acknowledges exemplary courage and determination of these members for bringing greater freedom to mankind.
There is no higher honor accorded the contributions a Scientologist may make to society. No one better embodies this accolade than those who, by fighting for man’s freedom, are daily advancing, uniting, supporting and protecting the Scientology religion.
Recipients have come from all walks of life — from educators to actors, racecar champions to champions of religious tolerance and individual liberty.