Nov 6, 2010

Las Americas names 2010 Border Heroes

Announcement: Las Americas Border Heroes Fundraiser

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center will have its 2010 Border Heroes Awards at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle. This year's honorees are the late Esther Chavez Cano of Casa Amiga, the late Lorenzo Guel of Taller Colibri, and author and journalist Diana Washington Valdez of the El Paso Times. The event includes a dinner and silent auction of artwork by Hal Marcus. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

Prominent members of the legal community and the religious and non-profit community in El Paso have answered the call and will attend the event. State Senator-elect Jose Rodriguez, El Paso Attorney Enrique Moreno and the accounting firm of White, Samaniego and Campbell are underwriting the fundraising event.

The following groups are also expected at the event: Rep. Marisa Marquez, Sheriff Ricard Wiles, Temple Mt. Sinai, St. Pius X Church, Daughters of Charity, Border Network for Human Rights, Judge Linda Chew, Judge Tom Spieczny, Judge Tony Rodriguez, and others. Two Las Americas clients, one asylum grantee from Cameroun and a victim of crime from Mexico, will tell their stories.

But we still need your support. Please consider purchasing a ticket or a table and giving to a worthy cause.

More about Las Americas:

Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center is a 23-year-old, home-grown non-profit dedicated to serving the legal needs of the most vulnerable among immigrants: Asylum seekers, battered women and abandoned children.

Since 1987, Las Americas, which is certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals, has provided representation to more than 9,000 low-income immigrants in El Paso, some coming from as far as Burma and Cameroun.

Las Americas strives to be an efficient organization, relying on volunteer attorneys and helpers for a lot of its cases. Donations are also put to good use -86 cents out of every donated dollar goes toward services, an extraordinary ratio by non-profit standards.


Sources:; El Paso Times.