Congressman Phillip Burton, U.S. Representative from California (1964-1983)

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.