­Thursday, May 24, 2018
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reception with Hosted Bar
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner & Awards Program
Hotel Nikko | 222 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA 94102

Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards is one of the premiere immigrant rights awards celebrations in the country. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center proudly honors outstanding individuals for their work on behalf of immigrants. 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 immigrant and human rights.

This event brings together leading immigrant rights advocates and allies from the legal, public, private, and community sectors. This annual signature event celebrates the achievements of policy and advocacy supporters who have made a difference in the immigrant rights field.

We are pleased to announce that Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative from California’s Twelfth District, will be presenting the 2018 Nancy Pelosi Award for Policy. Leader Pelosi is a longtime advocate for civil & immigrant rights and the first Advisory Board Member for the ILRC. For over 30 years, Leader Pelosi has been a champion of the ILRC and was a mentee of Phillip Burton himself.

Receiving our Nancy Pelosi Award for Policy this year is Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington’s Seventh District. The first Indian-American woman in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Jayapal has spent the last twenty years working internationally and domestically as a leading national advocate for women’s, immigrant, civil, and human rights.

Congresswoman Jayapal founded the nonprofit Hate Free Zone (now OneAmerica) serving as its Executive Director for 11 years, growing the organization to be the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington state and one of the largest in the country. Congresswoman Jayapal went on to lead the national coalition, We Belong Together, to bring a gender lens to immigration reform.

In May 2013, Congresswoman Jayapal was recognized by President Obama as a White House “Champion of Change.” She has won numerous awards for her work.

This year, the 2018 recipient of the Phillip Burton Award for Advocacy is actress, activist, and author, Diane Guerrero. Diane is best known for her roles as “Maritza Ramos” on the award winning, Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Netflix series Orange Is The New Black (for which she received three Screen Actors Guild awards), as "Lina" in CW's break-out hit, Jane the Virgin, and as “Sofia” a series regular on the CBS comedy Superior Donuts.

Diane’s memoir, In The Country We Love, published by Henry Holt, details her life as a citizen daughter of undocumented parents, and her years-long struggle to deal with the consequences of the broken immigration system. She is an outspoken advocate for commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform and in 2015, was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization.

Former Award-Recipients and Keynote Speakers:

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