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County's 8th Beacon of Light Awards Recognizes Individuals and Organizations that Contribute to Better Life for Immigrants

 
WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Office of Human Relations will present the Beacon of Light Awards to individuals and organizations that work to advance human rights and effective integration of immigrants in Santa Clara County. The general public is invited to attend the event for free. Online registration is required. To register, go to: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/beacon-of-light-awards-2014-tickets-10439740545.
 
WHO:
Beacon of Light Award Recipients: Salvador Bustamante, recipient of the Cindy Avitia Award for lifetime commitment to social justice; FIRE Coalition, for advocacy on behalf of immigrants regarding the Civil Detainer issue; Judy Rickard, for advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants; Marija Kevesevic, for 15 Years of service and advocacy on behalf of refugees through the International Rescue Committee.
 
WHEN:
February 28, 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
 
WHERE:
County of Santa Clara Charcot Center Café, 2310 N. First Street, San Jose
 
WHY:
The United States has a deep-rooted history as a nation of immigrants.  The County of Santa Clara Office of Human Relations recognizes that Silicon Valley’s success as an economic leader of the world is to a great extent the result of the hard work of immigrants. Immigrants have contributed countless hours of work, their own capital, and ingenuity to help make this valley significant in the global economy. 
 
The Statue of Liberty has long been a symbol of justice and opportunity welcoming all immigrant communities. The Beacon of Light Awards are given as a symbol of the torch that is held by the Statue of Liberty. The light is a reflection of the hopes and the dreams of immigrants for a bright beginning in a new country.  
 
Visuals:
Presentation of awards; Performances by San Jose Cambodian Dance Troupe and the Saratoga Serbian Dance Troupe  
             
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Teresa Castellanos/Milina Jovanovic, Office of Human Relations (408) 792-2306/2319
Posted: February 18, 2014