Ninth Annual MALDEF D.C. Awards Gala Honors Civil Right Advocates and Corporate Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, celebrated this week its 9th Annual Awards Gala presenting U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s banquet also honored Janet Murguía, President & CEO of National Council of La Raza, with the Community Service Award, AT&T with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP with the Excellence in Legal Service Award.
“MALDEF is honored to recognize the significant contributions of these outstanding leaders and applauds their dedication to advance the Latino community,” said MALDEF president and general counsel, John Trasviña.
“We depend upon the support of our close friends and allies, and we appreciate all that they have done and continue to do to support MALDEF,” stated Peter Zamora, MALDEF Washington, DC Regional Counsel. “With their support, we stand ready to beat back the forces of hate and to continue to build upon MALDEF’s history of strong advocacy in Washington, D.C.”
Lifetime Achievement Award honoree U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy has a long history of support for the Latino community. He has made “No Child Left Behind” a priority and has been at the forefront for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, recognizing the challenges facing immigrants in the 21st century. “It means a great deal to me to be honored by MALDEF. It’s been an outstanding advocate for full and genuine equality for the Latino community in our country for forty years, and it continues to be a leading voice today. It’s a privilege to work with MALDEF on these defining issues for our nation and our ideals. It’s making The American Dream come true for millions of our people,” said U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Murguía was honored with the Community Service Award and has been instrumental in forging a partnership between National Council of La Raza and MALDEF. Murguía has been active in the Latino community for many years and has also held significant positions in the White House as deputy assistant to President Clinton as well as deputy director of legislative affairs acting as a senior White House liaison to Congress.
AT&T was recognized with the Corporate Social Responsibility Award for expanding their technological capacity to serve the Latino community and bridging the digital divide while Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP was recognized with the Excellence in Legal Service Award for their public service in the Latino community and for assisting MALDEF with additional litigation support.

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