Welcome to Our Virtual Burton Awards
There’s no getting dressed up this year. There’s no choice between chicken or vegetarian dinner options. There’s no fighting traffic to make it to our event on time because, this year, the 2020 Burton Awards start whenever you want. Beginning on June 25, our special Burton Awards is open and accessible to all.
In these uncertain times, one thing has been laid bare—immigrants are essential. From securing our nation’s food supply to providing life-saving healthcare services, immigrants have been, and continue to be, instrumental in keeping the critical infrastructure of our society running.
In light of the extraordinary circumstances we are living through, the ILRC created the Frontline Heroes Award to lift-up the collective service and sacrifice of all the Immigrant Essential Workers. We are pleased to introduce you to two honorees who are accepting this award on behalf of all the unsung frontline heroes.
Dr. Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn
New was born in Bangkok and grew up undocumented in the U.S. from the age of 9. Today, New is the first undocumented medical student at UCSF where he is serving valiantly during the Covid-19 crisis. New is also an advocate for immigrant rights, a role that was forged during his own struggle to fight for DACA and access to education.
Simitria Rendon is a farmworker in the San Joaquin Valley of California who collaborates with Indigida Joaquino, one of the ILRC’s community partners. Farm work is exhausting labor in the best of times and unimaginable during a pandemic. It is thanks to formidable women like her—and thousands more—that Americans have been able to continue to feed their families during the COVID-19 shut-down.
The Burton Awards event is not just a gathering for friends and colleagues. It is the ILRC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The money that we raise is critical to our ability to push back against the current administration’s relentless attacks on immigrant communities and to advance our mission to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people.
Your donation—at all levels—will make an immediate difference in the ILRC’s ability to continue its high-impact education and advocacy. It also helps us pivot, when needed, to address new threats to immigrant families such as the recent Public Charge rule that would restrict immigration to the wealthiest and most privileged newcomers, or efforts to weaponize Covid-19 to carry out an anti-immigrant agenda at the border.
Because proceeds from the Burton Awards are imperative to our work, the ILRC’s Board of Directors has established a matching fund for all gifts made between now and July 31st. For every dollar raised, our board will generously match your contribution on a one to one basis—up to $30,000! That means your gift of $100 grows to $200 and makes double the impact in sustaining the work of our talented staff team.
Of course, all contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law and we will be delighted to add your name to our donor list.