The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and Commissioner Fatima Shama are revving up for this year’s Immigrant Heritage Week, Apr. 17–24. MOIA and partners will celebrate the “histories and traditions of the city’s diverse immigrant communities” citywide. The 2013 American Dreamer Awards will be part of the celebration.
The awards honor individuals and organizations whose significant accomplishments and contributions have improved the lives of immigrants and their communities in New York City.”
The agency is accepting online nominations for candidates who are exemplars of the “city’s resilience and go beyond their call of duty to make a difference in their community.” The American Dreamer categories are:
- Ambassador: an individual who has served as an exceptional spokesperson or role model for his or her community.
- Business Leader: an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement and support of immigrant-owned businesses.
- Community Builder: an individual, educator or organization that has been a notable community organizer and coalition builder that developed innovative ways to support and assist the integration of newcomers.
- New York's Uniform: a member of the city’s uniformed services (police, fire, corrections and sanitation) who has been of special service to his or her community, providing cultural or language assistance.
- Visionary: an author, artist or performer who has made significant contributions to the cultural tapestry of the city.