For Immediate Release

April 4, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) will accept Ayuda’s 2017 Impact Award at its 44th anniversary event on May 16, 2017. Ayuda is pleased to honor the congressman for his exemplary legislative achievements and advocacy supporting immigrants.

Congressman Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he is a Senior Whip for the Democratic Caucus, the Vice-Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and the Freshman representative to the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee. He also serves on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and the Committee on House Administration. Raskin has been a constitutional law professor at American University Washington College of Law for 25 years and prior to his time in Congress, he was a Maryland State Senator.

“As a Maryland state senator and now as a freshman house representative, Congressman Raskin has proven to be a staunch supporter of immigrants in Maryland and the nation. He champions sound immigration policy—and literally stands with the immigrant community in defense of their civil rights, as he did at Dulles Airport in January 2017. Ayuda is proud to recognize Jamie Raskin for his leadership and legislative impact,” says Paula Fitzgerald, executive director of Ayuda.

“I am honored to be recognized by Ayuda on the wonderful occasion of its 44th anniversary. Every day, Ayuda staff and volunteers wake up and go to work helping immigrants achieve basic opportunity and justice within their rights under law. At a time of a lot of chaos and fear, Ayuda offers a measure of certainty and hope to large numbers of people. It makes Maryland and our whole region stronger. On behalf of my District and our people, I will continue to advocate a core value of American democracy—that no refugee or immigrant should be denied entry to the United States because of religion or nationality—and to stand with immigrants who make our communities and nation stronger,” says Congressman Raskin.

 Ayuda’s 44th Anniversary Event will take place at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in downtown Washington, D.C. from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, contact Sarah Block at (202) 387-4848 ext. 143 or at sarah@34.233.67.114.

About Ayuda

Ayuda is a 501(c)(3) legal, social, and language access provider that helps vulnerable low-income immigrants in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia stop abuses and improve their lives. With 44 years of experience and a highly motivated and skilled team, Ayuda secures justice and vital resources for immigrant individuals and families. As a national leader, Ayuda shares innovations that increase the capacity of providers and systems throughout the United States. Ayuda regularly fields inquiries from attorneys, advocates, and officials residing around the world who want to learn more about our relentless, dignified approach that helps immigrants save and rebuild their lives.