On May 24, 2018, the ILRC celebrated the 2018 Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards in San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko with over 320 sponsors, supporters, and community members. This year, we recognized Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and actress, author, activist, and ILRC ambassador Diane Guerrero for their commitment and dedication to the advancement of immigrant rights. They joined us for the evening and accepted their awards under this year’s boldly unifying theme: Stand for Unity, Move for Action.

Despite the current turmoil in immigration law—both in terms of battling dangerous state and federal policies being advanced as well as responding to the reprehensible practices by which enforcement agencies operate—the ILRC and its partners know that there has never been a more critical time to become activated and engaged. The landscape has shifted in punctuated ways that we have not seen before. While we have had examples of increased deportations and xenophobic initiatives moving through Congress in the past, this era has shown us that there is a different series of challenges when an entire segment of the citizenry is emboldened with nativist and white nationalist rage born from and catalyzed by the Trump administration’s distortions and flat out lies.

Our mission to protect immigrants and their families will not be slowed or demoralized. The ILRC is more dedicated than ever and the Phillip Burton Awards are a testament to the fervor and relentless energy our honorees, organization, allies, and supporters have for affecting substantive change. This was not only reinforced when we exceeded our fundraising goal, but also felt clearly throughout the room that evening. The collective sense of resolve and the tenacious grit in every one of our guests reminded us that we have unmatchable strength through unity and it is that unity that will make us a nightmarish force for the Trump administration.

Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards Sponsors

Ms. Cynthia Alvarez*

Anonymous (2)

Mr. W. H. Callcott*

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling, LLP

Law Offices of Fellom & Solorio

Ms. Eva Grove*

Mr. Bill Ong Hing*

Jackson and Hertogs, LLP


Kazan, McClain, Satterly, & Greenwood

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Ms. Lisa P. Lindelef*

Ms. Michelle Mercer* and Mr. Bruce Golden

The Morrison & Foerster Foundation

Ms. Toni Rembe*

Mr. David Rorick

Mr. Rodolfo Ruano*

Sidley Austin, LLP

Mr. Reginald Steer*

Union Bank

Van Der Hout, Brigagliano, and Nightingale, LLP

Mr. Roger Wu, M.D.*

Mr. Lee Zeigler

*ILRC Board Member

Former Award-Recipients and Keynote Speakers:

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