Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards

Congressman Phillip Burton

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) proudly honors outstanding individuals for their work on behalf of immigrants. Annually, at the Phillip Burton Awards, ILRC and the community at large gather to celebrate leaders whose work positively affects our society. Named after the late Congressman Phillip Burton, U.S. Representative from California (1964-1983) the awards recognize those who carry on Congressman Burton’s legacy in support of immigrants and human rights. Through the Phillip Burton Awards, the ILRC honors those whose work has significantly impacted and advanced the civil rights of immigrants in the areas of policy, advocacy, or lawyering. 

The Nancy Pelosi Award for Immigration & Civil Rights Policy is presented in recognition of significant contributions to immigration and/or civil rights policy.

The Phillip Burton Award for Immigration Civil Rights Advocacy is presented for exemplary leadership and commitment through advocacy, education and organizing work on behalf of immigrants and immigrant communities.

The Phillip Burton Award for Immigration Civil Rights Lawyering is presented for outstanding commitment in representing immigrant clients.

ILRC 35th Anniversary and 2014 Phillip Burton Awards

On May 16, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center celebrated 35 years of keeping immigrant families united at the 2014 Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards. There we honored the achievements of Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and DREAMer Activist Gaby Pacheco.

2013 Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards

The 23rd Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards celebrated and recognized three very special guests committed to advancing immigrant rights. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader presented the inaugural Nancy Pelosi Award for Immigration & Civil Rights Policy to our Featured Speaker, Senator Dick Durbin. And, we presented the Phillip Burton Award for Immigration & Civil Rights Advocacy to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jose Antonio Vargas, an outspoken journalist and courageous advocate.

Honoree Legacy

Since 1989 the Immigrant Legal Resource Center has proudly recognized outstanding individuals for their work on behalf of immigrants.