Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network Recognizes Rep. Jason Crow with Liberty Award Honoree
The Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) has announced Rep. Jason Crow as an honoree for the 15th annual Immigrant Liberty Awards. Each year, RMIAN presents the Immigrant Liberty Awards to recognize the unwavering work of exceptional community members to advance the rights and well-being of immigrants and refugees in Colorado, allowing them to thrive in their communities. In addition to Rep. Jason Crow, RMIAN recognizes Araceli Calderón de Weis, Parent Involvement Coordinator for Centennial BOCES; and Marissa Molina, Colorado State Immigration Manager of FWD.us.
As noted in RMIAN release, “Congressman Crow has worked tirelessly with human rights advocates and local government officials to champion the rights of immigrants and refugees by bringing critical national attention to U.S. immigration detention conditions and by increasing oversight of the privately operated facility in Aurora through the creation of the first of its kind ICE Accountability Report in July 2019. This oversight report, written after weekly on-site visits by Crow and staff, provides transparency and accountability to the detention system by monitoring the wellbeing of detained immigrants and refugees and the public health risks to the community. Crow has introduced the Public Oversight of Detention Center (POD) Act to ensure that Congress has oversight access to all detention facilities. He also helped introduce the Refugee Protection Act to support refugees, including setting a 95,000 minimum admission level, update the asylum process, improve the Special Immigrant Visas program, and support immigrant children.”
The ceremony will celebrate the honorees’ extraordinary contributions to Colorado’s immigrant and refugee communities during an evening gala themed “Here to Stay,” to be held in the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 1, 2020. All proceeds from the event will go towards providing free immigration legal services to immigrant children and to adults in immigration detention.