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Durbin Honored with First Focus Award for Career Dedicated to Improving Lives of Children

Author of the Dream Act, Durbin was presented with the award for his efforts advocating for immigrant families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met Miriam Abaya, the Vice President for Immigration and Children’s Rights at First Focus on Children, and Kathy Sacco, Vice President for International Children’s Policy at First Focus on Children, an organization dedicated to improving the health, education, economic mobility, and safety of children.  During the meeting, Durbin was presented with the Champion for Children Award for his unwavering commitment to children, particularly immigrant children and those from immigrant families.  The author of the Dream Act, Durbin is a longtime advocate for a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and undocumented populations, as well as border policies that protect children’s health and well-being.

“As a member of Congress, I understand that the legislation we enact today impacts the country tomorrow.  I want to create a better, brighter future for the next generation, and that begins with advocating for children’s needs, including pushing for a pathway to citizenship and improved protections for immigrant children,” said Durbin.  “I’m honored to receive the First Focus on Children’s Champion for Children Award today, and I will continue to support policies that benefit our children for years to come.”

Photos of today’s meeting are available here.