10th Annual Washington DC Awards Gala
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
5:30 p.m. – Reception
6:45 p.m. – Dinner & Program
The Capitol Hilton Hotel
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
The Honorable Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY)
Excellence in Government Service Award
Congresswoman Velázquez will be recognized for her outstanding leadership in the Latino community and her strong advocacy for equal rights and economic development for the working class and poor.
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Community Service Award
The ADL will be recognized for being at the forefront of national and state efforts to combat hate crime, raising awareness on the disturbing rise of hate crimes against Latinos and other minorities, and exposing the virulent anti-immigrant rhetoric that has risen to the surface as part of the public debate over immigration.
Alliance for Justice (AFJ)
Excellence in Legal Service Award AFJ has stood alongside MALDEF against extremist judicial nominees and has worked tirelessly in favor of increased diversity on the federal bench. MALDEF is also proud to recognize AFJ for their invaluable guidance on non-profit administrative matters.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
MALDEF is pleased to recognize Marriott International for their strong commitment to social responsibility programs including diversity initiatives with minority, women and LGBT suppliers and a five-point environmental strategy for full future sustainability of its hotels and operations.