MIRA Earns Award for Immigrant Integration Initiatives
Award ceremonies include dinner with Congressman Luis Gutierrez
Dec. 4, 2013 WASHINGTON – The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) announced today that the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
is receiving one of four 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes, given this year to four organizations from across the nation for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives.The national award honors MIRA’s New Americans Integration Institute for its work to help newcomers contribute more fully to the economic, civic and social fabric of the United States.
The New Americans Integration Institute, launched by MIRA in 2011, works to create and strengthen effective integration pathways for immigrants across Massachusetts, primarily by promoting citizenship, immigrant entrepreneurship, employment pathways for immigrant professionals, and the removal of barriers to educational access. The Institute also works through media and strategic communications to improve the public discourse on the role and contributions of immigrants in U.S society.
The E Pluribus Unum Prizes program, established in 2008 by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy with generous support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund, seeks to encourage the adoption of effective integration practices. MIRA’s work is guided by an understanding that the success of U.S. and state immigration policy is directly linked to how well immigrants integrate into their communities.
The 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prizes winners will be honored tonight at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., with a keynote address by U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, author of the recent Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill. The national award is accompanied by a $50,000 prize.
“The success of U.S. immigration policy ultimately turns on the effectiveness of immigrant integration,” said Margie McHugh, who co-directs the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. “MIRA and its New Americans Integration Institute offer an important example of the critically important role that state policies and practices play in ensuring successful integration and the role that a talented policy organization can play in helping numerous state-level actors come together to solve tough problems.”
“MIRA’s Integration Institute provides a mechanism for galvanizing action by state, private-sector, academic and non-profit stakeholders to put effective immigrant integration policies and practices in place,” said MPI Senior Vice President Michael Fix, who co-directs the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. “By serving as an incubator for partnerships and projects across public agencies and leading community organizations, it is helping the state build the infrastructure necessary to respond to federal immigration reform when it occurs — infrastructure that is quite weak in many parts of the United States.”
"We created the New Americans Integration Institute to facilitate and advance integration efforts in key areas where significant gains are currently possible at the local level," said Eva Millona, Executive Director at the MIRA Coalition.“Even when federal immigration reform is enacted, corresponding state and local responses will be necessary, and the Institute sets the groundwork for those responses. We are honored to win the E Pluribus Unum Prize and hope our efforts will provide a model for others doing this work.”
The other 2013 E Pluribus Unum Prize winners are the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, in Washington, D.C; the Neighborhood Development Center, in St. Paul, Minnesota; and Kaiser Permanente, which is being given the 2013 Corporate Leadership Award.