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19th Annual Washington, D.C. Immigrant Achievement Awards

DCIAA 2014


Thank you for joining us at this year's 2014 DC Immigrant Achievement Awards!
Click here to view photos from this year's event.
We look forward to seeing you next year. In the meantime, learn more about our presence at this year's 2014 AILA Annual Conference.


The American Immigration Council invites you to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants and advocates from around the country at an inspiring and thought-provoking ceremony at the Capitol Liaison Hotel on April 10, 2014.

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This year marks our 19th Annual Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards and we are excited to announce that we will be honoring:

  • Jeanne Butterfield whose recent "retirement" (we're leaving the lights on in hopes she comes back) leaves a huge vacancy in the "immigration guru" role. No one has had a more successful career in immigration law and advocacy. Her behind-the-scenes, no-nonsense approach to all the major immigration milestones over the past three decades has made lasting contributions to every facet of immigration law. From refugees to asylees, from family immigration to business immigration, Jeanne is ending her career as the grande dame of immigration.
  • Rebecca and Hugo Medrano who founded the GALA Theatre and, for more than 38 years, have worked to promote and share the Latino arts and cultures with a diverse audience. Through the GALA Theatre they have created work that speaks to communities today, and preserved the rich Hispanic heritage for generations that follow.
  • Eliseo Medina who for nearly 50 years has been fighting for the rights of immigrants and union workers. From the United Farm Workers' strike in 1965 to leading the Fast for Families initiative this winter, Eliseo has become a driving force in the immigration reform movement. His undying devotion to the cause has made him an icon for those fighting for the rights of others and those promoting what is right.
  • Astrid Silva, our Immigrant Youth Achievement Award winner is an intrepid immigrant youth advocate for the DREAMers in Nevada. She formed a unique relationship with Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and gave him a first hand account of the hardships facing DREAMers which became a crucial motivator in shaping his immigration policies. She continues to advocate for DREAMers through her organization, DREAM Big Vegas.

Master of Ceremonies:

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and currently serves as the vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.





Sponsorship opportunities available!

Contact Megan Hess at or 202-507-7517.

Click here to see our past Awards (including photos!)


Join us Saturday, April 12th at 7pm as the DC United take on the New York RedBulls!

Tickets are just $30 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the American Immigration Council.
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