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					                                                                             Press Release
                                                                               May 18, 2011
                                                               Contact: Michelle Mittelstadt
                                                                              202-266-1910
                                                            mmittelstadt@migrationpolicy.org

    Exceptional Immigrant Integration Initiatives in Workforce and
  Economic Development, Civic Education, Refugee Resettlement and
    Language Instruction Honored with Prestigious National Award
WASHINGTON — The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) on Wednesday announced the
four winners of its 2011 E Pluribus Unum Prizes for exceptional immigrant integration
initiatives, honoring an Hispanic economic development initiative in Kansas City, a refugee
resettlement agency in San Diego, a Philadelphia-based organization with affiliates across
U.S. college campuses that match student volunteers with immigrant elders and a San
Francisco-based program with centers in nine cities that helps foreign-trained professionals
rejoin the health care field at their skill level.

The E Pluribus Unum winners, each given a $50,000 award, reflect the diversity of actors in
the public and private sectors that are involved in immigrant integration efforts at the state
and local levels. The winners will be honored tonight at an awards ceremony in Washington,
D.C. at which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will provide the keynote address.

The prizes program, established by MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
with generous support from the J.M. Kaplan Fund, seeks to encourage the adoption of
effective integration practices and to inspire others to take on the important work of
integrating immigrants and their children so they can become full participants in U.S. society.

The E Pluribus Unum winners (click on links for more detail about each initiative) are:
    Hispanic Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City: Founded in 1993,
       HEDC helps immigrant entrepreneurs in Kansas City realize their business potential
       through bilingual business development training and a business incubator program.
       HEDC, which has assisted in the start-up and growth of more than 1,100 new
       immigrant businesses, is helping bring new economic vitality to once-languishing
       areas of Kansas City, business by business.
    The International Rescue Committee in San Diego: One of 22 U.S. branches of the
       International Rescue Committee (IRC), the IRC in San Diego assists more than
       1,100 refugees from around the world each year, helping them successfully resettle
       and become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. The IRC in San
       Diego provides the refugees assistance in opening businesses and obtaining jobs,
       access to credit-building loans, English literacy and citizenship instruction, financial
       literacy courses and even access to urban farming. Crucially, these programs are also
       open to the broader community, with the IRC in San Diego assisting another 5,000
       community members each year.
      Project SHINE – Philadelphia: From its inception at Temple University’s
       Intergenerational Center in 1997, Project SHINE (Students Helping In the
       Naturalization of Elders) has trained nearly 10,000 college students to work with
       elderly immigrants and refugees, helping integrate more than 40,000 members of this
       often overlooked immigrant population more fully into American society. Project
       SHINE is now active on 19 campuses and one non-profit in nine states: California,
       Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania,
       and Texas, and also partners with immigrant communities and local health/aging
       networks. Through Project SHINE, student volunteers are trained to tutor
       immigrant and refugee seniors in English language and civics education, helping
       many prepare for taking their citizenship exam.
      The Welcome Back Initiative – San Francisco: Based in San Francisco with nine
       centers across the United States, the Welcome Back Initiative has worked with more
       than 11,000 foreign-trained immigrant health professionals to help them return to
       the health care workforce at their skill level. Created in 2001, WBI helps these
       doctors, nurses, dentists, social workers and other health professionals get licensed
       and credentialed in the United States by providing them with orientation and
       pathways to the education and professional English language training they need to
       successfully rejoin the health care field. Through partnerships with colleges,
       community groups and local governments, the WBI model has been replicated in
       Boston, Denver, New York, Providence (RI), San Diego, San Antonio, the Seattle
       area and suburban Washington, D.C.

This year, for the first time, the E Pluribus Unum Prizes also presented a Corporate
Leadership Award.

Marriott International received the Corporate Leadership Award for its innovative Global
Language Learning initiative, which makes language learning available throughout its
106,000-person U.S. workforce, from entry-level occupations to the managerial ranks. More
than 10 percent of Marriott’s workforce has taken advantage of language programs that are
based on readily available technologies and instruction. The company-sponsored programs
help immigrant workers learn English and U.S.-born staffers become proficient in foreign
languages.

―Many countries marvel at the ability of the United States to take immigrants and their
children from all across the globe and make them into full Americans,‖ said Margie
McHugh, co-director of MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. ―The E
Pluribus Unum Prizes pull back the curtain and shine a spotlight on the reasons for our
country’s enviable success in immigrant integration – one is the energy and dedication of the
literally thousands of programs that, like our extraordinary Prize winners, work tirelessly to
help immigrants build a new life. And the other is the powerful hopes and aspirations of
immigrants themselves that flow into local communities and economies across the U.S., and
ultimately help create a stronger, more vibrant America.‖

―The success of immigration turns on how well immigrants become full participants in the
economic and civic life of the United States,‖ said MPI Senior Vice President Michael Fix,
who is co-director of the National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. ―Our award
winners demonstrate daily through proven and replicable programs how volunteer networks,
public-private partnerships and thoughtful public policies can promote the success of
newcomers, their families and the broader U.S. community.‖

Profiles, videos and more information about the honorees can be found at
www.integrationawards.org.

For more information, or to set up interviews with award winners, please contact Michelle
Mittelstadt at 202-266-1910 or mmittelstadt@migrationpolicy.org; or Burke Speaker at 202-
266-1920 or bspeaker@migrationpolicy.org.

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The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank in
Washington, DC dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. MPI
provides analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at the local,
national and international levels. For more on MPI, please visit: www.migrationpolicy.org.

				
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