Give Liberty a Hand is MIRA’s 28th annual fundraiser where we recognize our community champions for support & advocate for immigrants in our Commonwealth.

Join us on Thursday, June 13th at the Seaport Hotel for an evening of celebration as we recognize MIRA’s community of champion supporters, business leaders, policy makers, advocates, allies, and honorees to celebrate our collective achievements and advance MIRA’s vision of a Commonwealth – and a nation – where all immigrants & refugees can thrive and fully participate in their communities’ social, economic, and civic life.

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Meet Our 2024 Community Champion Award Honorees

With this special award, we celebrate and recognize those who have made a significant impact in advancing the inclusion of immigrants and refugees into our civic, social, and community life.

Kim Driscoll Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor

Kim Driscoll is the 73rd person to serve as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, beginning her term in January 2023.

Kim came to this position from an extensive and successful career in local government. She was elected the City of Salem’s first woman Mayor in 2006, and is credited with improving and revitalizing the City by transforming Salem’s fiscal management, education, infrastructure, climate change advancements, transportation, and social and cultural resources. Under Kim’s leadership, Salem has become an intentionally inclusive community. Kim is the daughter of an immigrant from Trinidad, and has consistently stood up for immigrant rights and advancement.

Before becoming the Mayor of Salem, Driscoll served as the City of Chelsea’s Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy City Manager, helping that City recover from the crisis of receivership. Kim graduated from Salem State University and earned her law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law.

Exemplified by her extensive and successful career in local government, Kim is focused on working with Governor Healey to create a forward-looking Commonwealth that works for, empowers, and includes all who call Massachusetts home, as well as those who aspire to do so.

JD Chesloff of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable

As President & CEO, JD is responsible for developing and implementing the Massachusetts Business Roundtable’s agenda on public policy matters, and works collaboratively with opinion leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders in pursuit of its mission to make Massachusetts the most desirable place to live, work and do business and ensure access to a robust, diverse and talented workforce that enhances the Commonwealth’s competitiveness in a global economy. We applaud JD and the Roundtable for a commitment to ensuring that businesses have access to a diverse and talented workforce, and to welcoming immigrants as a business imperative.

SIM – Stories Inspiring Movements (formerly Student Immigrant Movement)

Stories Inspiring Movement is creating inclusive spaces for immigrant youth and young adults to foster storytelling as a way to overcome immigration status limitations, foster authentic connections, and amplify voices to create social and political change.  Through events, youth leadership development, mobilizing, mentorship, organizing, and advocacy, SIM brings immigrant youth together to dismantle systemic barriers and ensure that immigrants have a strong voice in sharing their futures. SIM began as a MIRA project in 2005 that grew to become an independent agency, and we are thrilled to see their progress! SIM has been a significant partner in the recent Tuition Equity Act victory, opening opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts young people, now and for the future.

Welcome Home Sponsor

 

MIRA would like to thank Eastern Bank for their generous support as a Welcome Home Sponsor. Eastern Bank has committed to furthering social and economic equity through the Eastern Bank Foundation, investing in systemic change through a combination of volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy. In addition to supporting grassroots organizations through their Community Donations program, they are also focused on small businesses, early childhood development, housing, workforce development, and economic mobility for all. Learn more here

Citizenship Sponsors

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

Bob Rivers

Aixa Beauchamp & Thomas Melendez

Anonymous

MIRA’s mission “to convene, serve, and organize together with our members, community leaders, and allies for the advancement of all immigrants across the Commonwealth and beyond,” means that collaboration with partners like you is more important than ever. With your sponsorship this year, we endeavor to secure $350,000 in order to build MIRA’s impactful statewide programs that serve the needs of our immigrant communities.

If you’re interested in being a sponsor for this year’s annual fundraiser, please read our Sponsorship Packet.