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Lawyer Ava Benach To Be Honored

By Charlotte Robinson, April 10, 2019
The American Immigration Council will honor immigration lawyer Ava Benach with its Stephen K. Fischel Distinguished Public Service Award which recognizes individuals or organizations who exhibit an outstanding commitment & dedication to America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants & to the struggle for fair and humane immigration policies in the United States. The award will be presented at the D.C. Immigrant Achievement Awards Reception on April 11th at  The Capitol View at 400 during the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) National Day of Action in Washington, D.C. Beth Werlin, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council stated, “We are thrilled that this year we will celebrate the Immigration Justice Campaign—our joint initiative with American Immigration Lawyers Association to fight for a fair day in court for detained immigrants & our partners who make the Campaign a success. Ava Benach is one of those partners. She is a fearless lawyer who has generously shared her experience & expertise with volunteers representing detained asylum seekers. Most recently, she has stepped up to provide mentorship in urgent cases on behalf of transgender women detained in Texas.” Benach has taken a lead role in representing transgender asylum seekers before the asylum office & the immigration courts. She has pioneered an innovative collaboration with Whitman Walker Health to provide quality representation to transgender immigrants while training the next generation of lawyers in representing LGBTQ immigrants. The Council has recognized the achievements of many outstanding immigrants & their advocates. Past honorees include General Colin Powell, Senator Daniel Inouye, the Southern Poverty Law Center, TheDream.Us, & Gerda Weissman Klein.
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