2022 Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards

This year, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center returned to an in-person event for our annual Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights Awards celebration. The ILRC family welcomed guests to the Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday, September 14 to celebrate the achievements in the immigration law and immigrant rights fields and to laud the impact of our 2022 Phillip Burton Immigration & Civil Rights honorees.



Anchor and Co-Host of Latino USA

2022 Phillip Burton Award for Advocacy.

We honored Maria Hinojosa to receive this prestigious award because of her commitment to championing immigrant rights and uplifting the humanity of the immigration experience through her work. Maria Hinojosa dreamt of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. She made that dream a reality in 2010 when she created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Harlem, NYC with the mission to create multimedia content from a POC perspective. As Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by PRX, and Co-Host of Futuro Media’s award-winning political podcast In The Thick, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.  





Congressman, D-TX 20th  District 

Nancy Pelosi Award for Policy.

We honored Congressman Joaquin Castro for his commitment to immigrant communities in Texas, including his advocacy for the American Dream and Promise Act and his opposition to Operation Lone Star, a racist and anti-immigrant Texas policy designed to target and criminalize migrants.

Congressman Joaquin Castro has represented his hometown of San Antonio in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013. He is proud to serve on the House Education and Labor Committee, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he chairs the committee’s Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact, and works closely with foreign and domestic leaders to strengthen democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity around the world. From 2019-2020, he served as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, where he worked to expand opportunities for Latinos across all sectors of the economy and fight back against the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle our immigration system. He lives in San Antonio with his wife and three children.




California Attorney General

Keynote Speaker.

Attorney General Bonta is a long-time champion of immigrant rights. He is fighting to ensure that every Californian knows their rights and is treated with dignity—regardless of their immigration status. On April 23, 2021, Rob Bonta was sworn in as the 34th Attorney General of the State of California, the first person of Filipino descent and the second Asian-American to occupy the position. Attorney General Bonta's passion for justice and fairness was instilled in him by his parents, who served on the frontlines of some of America's most important social justice movements. He worked his way through college and graduated with honors from Yale University and attended Yale Law School. Attorney General Bonta has led statewide fights for racial, economic, and environmental justice and worked to further the rights of immigrant families, renters, and working Californians. He previously worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling.