We are very proud to announce that on this 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, TIRRC's very own director of advocacy, Stephanie Teatro, and board member, Gatluak Thach, will both be receiving the "Rising Star" award at Nashville's Human Rights Day celebration for their tireless work to ensure that the rights of all people are protected and that Tennessee is building stronger, more welcoming communities for all who call our state home.
TIRRC is also honored to be featured this week by US Human Rights Network, highlighting our work to lift up immigrant voices at the state legislature, advocate for just and humane immigration reform in Washington, and stop the needless separation of hardworking immigrant families across the state.
In 2013, not a single anti-immigrant bill passed the Tennessee General Assembly, the proposed 287(g) agreement in Knox County was stopped, and both of Tennessee's US Senators voted for immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for millions. On this International Human Rights Day, we are honored that our staff, board, and many community partners are being recognized for these achievements. However, our work is far from finished, and we will continue the struggle to ensure that all people can fully participate in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the community.