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21st Annual Washington, D.C. Immigrant Achievement Awards


The annual Washington, DC Immigrant Achievement Awards celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of immigrants and their advocates from around the country.

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2016 Honorees:

Donald E. Graham
Stephen K. Fischel Distinguished Public Service Award

Donald E. Graham is chairman of the board of Graham Holdings Company (previously The Washington Post Company). He was publisher of The Washington Post newspaper from January 1979 until September 2000 and chairman of the paper from September 2000 to February 2008.

Graham was born on April 22, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland, a son of Philip L. and Katharine Meyer Graham. After graduating in 1966 from Harvard College, where he was president of the Harvard Crimson, Graham was drafted and served as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He was a patrolman with the Washington Metropolitan Police Department from January 1969 to June 1970.

Graham previously served as chairman of the District of Columbia College Access Program, a private foundation which, since 1999, has helped double the number of DC public high school students going on to college and has helped triple the number graduating from college. He co-founded the program along with major local businesses and foundations. Since its inception, DC-CAP has assisted over 13,000 DC students enroll in college and has provided scholarships totaling more than $18 million.

In 2013, Graham co-founded TheDream.US, the nation's largest college access and success program for DREAMers. In two years, TheDream.US has raised over $91 million in scholarship money and currently has over 900 students. Don's philanthropic spirit and contributions have opened countless opportunities to the immigrant youth community across the nation. 

Cesar Vargas
Immigrant Achievement Award

Cesar Vargas is a nationally recognized leader and innovator at the forefront of the fight for immigration reform and the DREAM Act. As an undocumented law graduate, he led the fight for equal opportunity and access to the practice of law. On February 3rd, after a long legal battle, he was finally sworn-in as a licensed attorney making history as the first undocumented lawyer to openly apply to the state of New York. Nationwide and on Capitol Hill, Cesar and the organization he co-founded, the Dream Action Coalition, have taken the gloves off in the policy battle broadening opportunities for undocumented immigrants.




Angy Paola Rivera
Immigrant Youth Achievement Award

Rivera is a Colombian immigrant living in New York City. She is a proud daughter of a single teen mom and the eldest of four children. She became involved in her community at the age of 16 and joined the Aspira Club her junior and senior year of high school. Rivera was a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the first in her immediate family to pursue higher education, majoring in Culture and Deviance Studies with a minor in Human Services. Rivera joined the New York State Youth Leadership Council in 2009 as an intern after receiving their scholarship award and has remained involved as a core member. The NYSYLC is an undocumented youth led organization fighting for immigrant justice through leadership development and community organizing. In 2010 Rivera came out of the shadows as undocumented and unafraid and created Ask Angy, an award winning undocumented immigrant advice column. In 2012 Rivera met documentary maker Mikaela Shwer who filmed her and her family for the film entitled No Le Digas A Nadie (Don't Tell Anyone). The documentary, which aired on PBS as part of their POV series in 2015, navigates the difficult reality and double silence Rivera experiences as an undocumented immigrant and survivor of sexual assault.


Armando Trull, Senior Reporter WAMU 88.5 FM
Master of Ceremonies

Armando Trull is a broadcast journalist and communications professional with  more than 2 decades of experience. A powerful voice in the Latino  community, Armando has continuously engaged and informed both Spanish and English speaking audiences through his radio, tv  and internet reporting as well as his video and film productions. Most recently, Armando’s investigative series on the waves  of unaccompanied children crossing the border has brought much needed  local public attention and understanding to the ongoing crisis in the Northern Triangle countries and also within the immigrant communities in the United States welcoming those youth. He has introduced his audiences to children and mothers fleeing horrendous violence, gang members caught in a life of death and mayhem, the social workers, counselors, teachers and law enforcement officers on the front lines of this struggle and those in government trying to make things better. Armando is a frequent guest on national programs and lecturer at Universities and public forums on this issue and others affecting Latinos.


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