Our upcoming event is the 2011 Border Heroes Awards Dinner. Please join us.
What: 2012 Border Heroes Awards Dinner
When: 6 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: Temple Mount Sinai, 4408 N. Stanton
Tickets: $100 (Tables of 8 available) Please make checks payable to Las Americas and mail them to 1500E. Yandell, El Paso, Texas 79902
The Board of Directors of Las Americas is proud to announce that the annual Border Heroes Awards will go this year to two longtime community leaders who have dedicated their lives to making our border a more just and humane place, the Honorable Maria Salas Mendoza and West Cosgrove.
Judge Maria Salas Mendoza, is currently president of the El Paso Bar Association, Judge of the 120th Judicial District Court, a member of the El Paso Community Justice Council, and she advocates tirelessly for women and children. She is a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and her undergraduate degree is from Harvard-Radcliffe College.
West Cosgrove, has been a border activist for the past seventeen years. He is founder of Project Puente and Casa Puente. His contributions to the borderland are countless, but most recently he organized We the Border: Envisioning a Narrative for our Future in conjunction with the Border Network for Human Rights. West recently moved to the Nogales, AZ-Nogales, Sonora border to work with the Kino Border Initiative
Alexia Salvatierra, is the keynote speaker this year. For over eleven years she was the Executive Director of CLUE or Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice first in Los Angeles and later for all of California. CLUE-CA was the initial lead agency for the New Sanctuary Movement, in which congregations in 37 cities around the country accompany and support immigrant workers and their families facing deportation.
Las Americas is expecting 250 people at the event. Past Border Heroes Award recipients include Enrique Moreno, Carmen Rodriguez, Mike Dipp, Lynn Coyle, Carlos Marentes, Ruben Garcia, Sr. Liliane Alam, Delia Gomez, Francisco Dominguez, Linda Chew, Albert Armendariz, Sr., Albert Armendáriz, Jr., Dr. Kathleen Staudt and Jacob Heydemann, M.D.
All proceeds will go to Las Americas. Las Americas depends entirely on private grants, donations and fundraising events to sustain itself. With these funds, we offer legal services to low income immigrants, including battered women and refugees. Every time we win an asylum case, every time we obtain a green card for a victim of domestic violence, we owe it to our supporters in the community.
Contact: Katie Hudak, Executive Director, (915) 544-5126 Ext. 22, or firstname.lastname@example.org.