Tuesday, March 4, 2014
From the American Immigration Council:
Honorees Announced for
19th Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards
The American Immigration Council invites you to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants and advocates from around the country at a reception followed by an inspiring and thought-provoking ceremony at the Capitol Liaison Hotel on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
This year marks our 19th Annual Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards and we are excited to announce that we will be honoring:
Jeanne Butterfield whose recent "retirement" (we're leaving the lights on in hopes she comes back) leaves a huge vacancy in the "immigration guru" role. No one has had a more successful career in immigration law and advocacy. Her behind-the-scenes no-nonsense approach to all the major immigration milestones over the past three decades and has made lasting contributions to every facet of immigration law. From refugees to asylees, from family immigration to business immigration, Jeanne is ending her career as the grande dame of immigration.
Rebecca and Hugo Medrano who founded the GALA Theatre and, for more than 38 years, have worked to promote and share the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience. Through the GALA Theatre they have created work that speaks to communities today, and preserved the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow.
Eliseo Medina who for nearly 50 years has been fighting for the rights of immigrants and union workers. From the United Farm Workers' strike in 1965 to leading the Fast for Families initiative this winter, Eliseo has become a driving force in the immigration reform movement. His undying devotion to the cause has made him an icon for those fighting for the rights of others and those promoting what is right.
In addition, soon we will be recognizing our Immigrant Youth Achievement Award winner. The Immigrant Youth Achievement Award celebrates high-achieving young immigrants whose personal accomplishments and contributions demonstrate the important impact young immigrants are having on our nation every day. For more information click here.