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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Immigrant Rights Organization Recognized for Work in Oregon

Immigrant Rights Organization Recognized for Work in Oregon

Sen. Merkley presenting award to Causa
We are honored to announce that Causa was presented with two awards—one from Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) and the other from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

During BRO's "Ignite!" Gala on October 7th, Aeryca Steinbauer and Christian Baeff accepted the Equality Champion-Racial Justice award on behalf of Causa in recognition of our efforts to integrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality into the core work of our organization. The award was presented by US Senator Jeff Merkley.

Examples of the work recognized by Basic Rights Oregon include Causa's LGBT Latin@ leaders group, inclusion of LGBT equality as a priority at Causa's Immigrant Action Day and May Day, leadership classes on issues of equality, and Spanish-language educational radio ads about family acceptance and marriage equality.

Causa Director Francisco Lopez
On October 14th, during AILA's 8th Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards Benefit, Francisco Lopez, Causa's Executive Director was presented with the Oregon Immigrant Achievement Award for his work and his leadership at Causa. The award was presented by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz.

Past recipients include: Serge D'Rovencourt, Former General Manager, Portland Hilton (1986-2000); Sokhom Tauch, Executive Director of Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO); Kayse Jama, Executive Director of Center for Intercultural Organizing; Heinz Rudolf, BOORA Architechts; Junki Yoshida, Founder & President, Yoshida Group; Gert Boyle, Chair of the Board of Directors, Columbia Sportswear Company; and Vera Katz, Mayor of Portland (1992-2005)

We would like to thank both Basic Rights Oregon and the American Immigrant Lawyers Association for their awards and recognition of Causa.

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