Each year, the National Immigration Forum gives the Keepers of the American Dream award to leaders and organizations making their community and our country a better place for immigrants. Our honorees embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States, and are advocates in every sense of the word for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.
Retired Chief Orlando Rolón was Chief of Police for the Orlando Police Department in Florida, the first Hispanic to hold this position in the agency’s 145-year history. He is a member of FBI National Academy Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, Central Florida Criminal Justice Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is the retiring co-chair of the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force.
Maria Gabriela (“Gaby”) Pacheco, is an Ecuadoran-born immigrant rights leader. As a DREAMer with a mix-status family, she’s experienced first-hand the difficulties immigrants face in the US. She was the first undocumented Latina to testify in front of Congress about the urgent need for immigration reform. She has received accolades and is a nationally known speaker and writer. She is currently Director, Advocacy, Development and Communications at TheDream.US, an organization that provides college scholarships to DREAMers.
Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. The company’s U.S. based workforce is comprised of team members from more than 160 countries that collectively speak more than 50 languages. Tyson employs interpreters, community liaisons, and chaplains to assist immigrants with making a smooth transition. Additionally, Tyson provides free English as a Second Language and citizenship classes to all team members. The Tyson Immigration Partnership (TIP) helps provide these team members with legal services such as employment authorization renewals and petitions for citizenship. The program funds nonprofit legal experts from Immigrant Connection and, in the company’s home state, Arkansas Immigrant Defense, to meet with team members during work hours in over 38 manufacturing plants. We have also partnered with The New American Workforce to facilitate citizenship applications virtually. In the last year alone, the program has helped more than 2,000 Tyson team members.
Paul Davis, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will proudly accept the award on behalf of Tyson Foods.
World Relief is an Evangelical Christian humanitarian NGO, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, and a leading refugee resettlement agency. For over 75 years, World Relief has been helping families displaced by violence, poverty and injustice—both in the U.S. and across the world.
Myal Greene is World Relief’s President and CEO. He has served at World Relief for fourteen years. In August of 2021, he was appointed President and CEO. Myal will be accepting this award on behalf of World Relief.
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