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Friday, April 18, 2008

Awards to be presented at AILA regional conference

Two important awards will be presented at the Upper Midwest Immigration Conference taking place in Eagan on May 1 and 2.

The Immigrant of Distinction Award, which honors a local immigrant who has significantly impacted her community and profession, will be bestowed upon Ms. Melissa Nambangi (pictured at right). Nambangi is co-founder and executive director of the Minnesota African Women’s Association and is an advocate and speaker on African women’s and immigrant issues relating to sexual assault, domestic violence and basic human rights.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Nobel prize winner professor Leonid Hurwicz. Hurwicz is Regent’s Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at the University of Minnesota and was one of three recipients of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for work on mechanism design.

The two-day regional conference is being sponsored by the Minnesota/Dakotas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Advocates for Human Rights. Organizers have planned seminars on a wide variety of topics -- including I-9 compliance, ICE enforcement issues, conflicts of interests, corporate immigration policies and criminal liability for employers and workers -- in the hopes of attracting more than just immigration lawyers.

For an overview of AILA and the upcoming conference, see “Immigration lawyers’ group seeks to educate and advocate” in the March 17 issue of Minnesota Lawyer.

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