Each year, RMIAN organizes an event, the Immigrant Liberty Awards, that honors the outstanding contributions of immigrants and exceptional advocates in our community and celebrates our shared efforts in creating a more just society.
The 2019 Immigrant Liberty Awards, themed "We All Belong," will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Seawell Ballroom in Denver. The event will feature a dinner, a silent & live auction, and the Immigrant Liberty Awards ceremony. This year's Immigrant Liberty Award honorees are:
Harry Budisidharta, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Pacific Development Center
At the Asian Pacific Development Center, Harry Budisidharta has championed a holistic and culturally responsive model of care and services to empower Asian American Pacific Island individuals to fulfill their potential in communities across the Metro Denver Area. With extensive experience in nonprofit management and government relations, Budisidharta is a community leader in leveraging deep and longstanding connections within the local immigrant and refugee communities to address health disparities among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Colorado.
Julie Gonzales, Colorado State Senator, District 34
Colorado State Senator Julie Gonzales has dedicated her life to organizing on the front lines for justice in Colorado. Senator Gonzales has been instrumental in passing key statewide immigration legislation. This includes co-drafting the ASSET bill, which allows undocumented students in Colorado to attend college and pay in-state tuition, and passing SB 251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, which provides driver’s licenses and ID cards to undocumented Colorado residents. Gonzales represents District 34 in the Colorado State Senate.
Juan Pérez Sáez, Energy and Climate Campaign Manager, The Wilderness Society
From his childhood in Panama, Juan Pérez Sáez draws a deep respect for natural resources and for the power of human exchange, two core principles he brings to his community organizing. Until recently, Pérez Sáez was the Organizing Manager for Protégete at Conservation Colorado, where he worked to elevate Latino voices at the local, state, and federal levels and engaged in progressive issues advocating for environmental justice, bold climate policy, and protecting Colorado’s lands, water, air, and people. He will begin a new role as Climate Campaign Manager at The Wilderness Society in January 2019.
Additionally, RMIAN will recognize the law firm WilmerHale with the 11th Annual Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of the firm’s leadership in stepping up to provide extraordinary pro bono legal services through RMIAN to immigrant parents separated from their children at the height of last summer’s family separation crisis.