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NAVIGATE RESOURCES: Table of Contents InfoNet aila.org Find a Member ? ! Contact a Mentor Shop Agora FOR MORE ON ADVOCACY: Advocacy: A Tool that Works Better When it is Shared (Recording) PHOTOS BY JESSICA EISE BOTTOM PHOTO: MARY KATE MCKENNA FREE! > Rep. Luis Gutiérrez addresses participants. not only at, but above, the rate of pay that many companies would be offering to a U.S. worker. He also was unaware of the Fraud Detection and National Security program, which spot-checks H-1B employers for compliance. The highlight of NDA was the reception hosted by the American Immigration Council. This program featured a tribute to the life and legacy of Carmen DiPlacido, who spent 27 years with DOS influencing law and policy related to consular services, passports, and U.S. citizenship. He passed away unexpectedly this year, and had served as a mentor to many in AILA since leaving DOS for private practice in 1997. We also heard an inspirational speech from Suamhirs Rivera, a young Honduran who was kidnapped at 16 and brought to America, where he was trafficked and sold. But as a survivor of the foster care system in California, Rivera Immigration Politics in 2013–Featuring Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Podcast) FREE! > now teaches caregivers and service providers how to create a relationship of trust and open communication with children who have been abused and traumatized. We also were treated to stories from Cristeta Comerford, a Philippine national who is the first woman to become executive chef at the White House. The highlight of the evening was the presentation by Retired General Colin Powell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, who rose to the rank of Four-Star General and served as the 12th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before retiring in 1993. He then went on to serve as secretary of state under President George W. Bush. NDA is quite a special experience. It is truly a must for all AILA members because no matter how many times one has walked the halls and visited congressional offices, the novelty and sense of purpose never wear off. Also, the inspiring stories of immigrants thriving in and contributing to the United States reinforces our commitment to comprehensive immigration reform. Cristeta Comerford accepts her award at AIC's Immigrant Achievement Awards. M AY/ J UNE 2013 41

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