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GRACIELA OLIVAREZ LA RAZA AWARD

The Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award, named in honor of Graciela Olivarez for her lifetime commitment to Hispanic women’s rights, is presented to an individual or organization that has made the most significant contributions in promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans. Graciela Olivarez, who rightly earned the title “Amazing Grace,” led the 1972 campaign to require equal representation of men and women on the UnidosUS Board of Directors. She was also the first woman to graduate from Notre Dame Law School, and later became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in President Carter’s administration. The recipient of this award must have done work for the betterment of the Hispanic community which is national in scope as well as recent and relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.

Past awardees include:

1985............... Honorable Esteban E. Torres 

1991............... Dr. Antonia Pantoja 

1992............... Lena Guerrero Santos 

1993............... Honorable Miriam Santos 

1994............... Charlie Ericksen 

1995............... Eunice Diaz 

1996............... Alex Mercure 

1997............... Baldemar Velasquez 

1998............... Frank Sherry 

1999............... Cushing Dolbeare 

2000............... Honorable Xavier Becerra 

2001............... Honorable Antonio V. Villaraigosa 

2002............... Arturo Rodriguez 

2003............... Mari Carmen Aponte 

2004............... Maria Elena Durazo

2005............... Adelfa and Bill Callejo 


2006............... Vilma Martinez 

2007............... Paul Chavez 

2008............... Antonia Hernández 

2009............... Anthony D. Romero 

2010............... Honorable Phil Gordon 

2011............... Honorable Maria Otero 

2012............... Reverend James Manship and
                         Angel Fernandez-Chavero 

2013............... Anna Maria Chávez 

2014............... Gloria Molina 

2015............... Dr. Juliet V. Garcia 

2016............... Sylvia Mendez 

2017............... Elisa de la Vara

2018............... Sonia Gutiérrez

2019............... Marielena Hincapié

MACLOVIO BARRAZA AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP

The Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership, named in honor of the UnidosUS Board of Directors' founding chairperson, recognizes an individual whose leadership has served as a source of strength and support to the Hispanic community. Maclovio Barraza, a lifelong labor activist, helped organize the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers, and was part of its executive board until 1967 when it merged with the United Steelworkers Union. At the time of his death, he was leading major negotiations to improve the conditions of Hispanics working in the copper industry in Arizona. The recipient of this award must have worked for the betterment of the Hispanic community at the local level, and his or her contributions must be recent and relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.

Past awardees include:

1985........ Honorable Ricardo Manuel Urbina

1991........ Everett Alvarez, Jr.

1992........ Donald E. Mroscak

1993........ Honorable Ed Pastor

1994........ Polly Baca

1995........ Guadalupe Reyes

1996........ Bernie Valdez

1997........ Tomas Atencio

1998........ Dr. Juan Romagoza

1999........ Judge Albert Peña

2000........ Sr. Alicia Cuarón

2001........ Lorraine Lee

2002........ Guarione Diaz

2003........ Judge Armando de Leon

2004........ Honorable Ed Pastor


2005........ Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.

2006........ Dr. Walter Sava

2007........ Emilio Estefan, Jr. 

2008........ Founders of HOPE

2009........ Rosie Perez 

2010........ José M. Hernández 

2011........ Jorge Muñoz

2012........ Raynaldo L. Martinez 

2013........ Salvador Longoria

 2014....... Angelica Salas 

2015........ Luis Garden Acosta

2016........ Dr. Richard Izquierdo 

2017........ Bazta Arpaio

2018........ Ruby Corado

2019........ The San Diego Rapid Response Network

RUBEN SALAZAR AWARD FOR COMMUNICATIONS

The Ruben Salazar Award for Communications, named in honor of the distinguished journalist who was killed on August 29, 1970, by a policeman’s tear gas projectile while covering an antiwar march in East Los Angeles, annually recognizes an individual who has dedicated his or her life to promoting the accurate and positive portrayal of Hispanic historical, political, economic, and cultural contributions to American society. Salazar began a career in investigative reporting which took him from a position as a young reporter with the El Paso Herald-Post to the city room of the prestigious Los Angeles Times. Salazar covered the war in Vietnam, revolutionary tumult in Latin America, and day-to-day events in Mexico City. He was among the first Hispanics to become prominent and well-respected in journalism. The recipient of this award must be a communications professional who has dedicated his or her professional life to portraying issues, concerns, and/or news relevant to contemporary Hispanic America.

Past awardees include:

1985............... René Enríquez

1991............... Joaquin Blaya

1992............... Paul Rodriquez

1993............... Little Joe Hernandez

1994............... Liz Balmaseda

1995............... Jose Luis Ruiz

1996............... Ray Suarez

1997............... Juan Gonzalez

1998............... Maria Martin

1999............... Maria Hinojosa

2000............... Award not presented

2001............... Commissioner Gloria Tristani

2002............... Jorge Ramos

2003............... Frank del Olmo 

2004............... Alex Nogales


2005............... Soledad O’Brian

2006............... Maria Elena Salinas

2007............... Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez

2008............... Juan Williams

2009............... John Quiñones 

2010............... Lori Montenegro 

2011............... Ignacio E. Lozano, Jr. 

2012............... Rossana Rosado 

2013............... Raquel "Rocsi" Diaz 

2014............... José Díaz-Balart 

2015............... Mandalit del Barco 

2016............... María Celeste Arrarás 

2017............... Lalo Alcaraz

2018............... Lourdes Meluzá

2019............... David Begnaud

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD FOR SPORTS EXCELLENCE

The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence, named in honor of the athlete considered by many to be the greatest outfielder in baseball, is presented to an individual or organization renowned in the world of sports, as well as committed to the advancement of Hispanic Americans. During his career, Clemente won four batting titles and was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the National League (1966) and the World Series (1971). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. It was his charitable efforts that led to his tragic death; on New Year’s Eve 1972, he was aboard a plane with relief supplies for the earthquake victims of Managua, Nicaragua, when the aircraft crashed at sea. The recipient of this award must be a sports professional who has found ways to positively portray Hispanic Americans and bring awareness and solutions to issues that affect contemporary Hispanic America.

Past awardees include:

1992............... Tommy Nuñez

1993............... Henry J. “Hank” Aguirre

1994............... Jose “Chegui” Torres

1995............... Tony Casillas

1996............... Gustavo Gil

1997............... Rudy Galindo

1998............... Paul Gonzalez, Jr.

1999–2002..... Award not presented

2003............... Joe Kapp

2004............... Tabare Ramos

2005............... Award not presented

2006............... Arturo “Arte” Moreno


2007............... Award not presented 

2008............... Luis Castillo 

2009............... Anthony Muñoz 

2010............... Carlos Delgado

2011............... Thomas R. “Tom” Flores

2012............... Jesse James Leija

2013............... Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso

2014............... Manny Mota

2015............... Cookie Rojas

2016............... Orlando Cruz

2017............... Earl Watson

2018–19............... Award not presented

RAUL YZAGUIRRE PRESIDENT’S AWARD

The UnidosUS President presents the Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award to an individual or organization that has shown outstanding support for UnidosUS’s mission, goals, and philosophy.

Past awardees include:

1985............... Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) and
                         Lodwrick M. Cook

1991............... Peter H. Coors

1992............... Dr. Antonia C. Novello, M.D.

1993............... Herman E. Gallegos

1994............... H.J. (Jack) Young

1995............... William S. Randall

1996............... Susan Vail Berresford

1997............... Steven S. Reinemund

1998............... Catherine P. Bessant

1999............... Joseph B. Gleason

2000............... State Farm™ Insurance Companies

2001............... Honorable Rubén Hinojosa

2002............... Arabella Martinez

2003............... Honorable Ciro Rodriguez

2004............... Jennifer Maloney


2005............... Alex Wallau

2006............... Honorable Raul Yzaguirre 

2007............... Honorable Henry G. Cisneros 

2008............... Gara LaMarche and The Atlantic Philanthropies 

2009............... Monica Lozano 

2010............... Lionel Sosa 

2011............... José H. Villarreal 

2012............... Christine M. Owens

2013............... Luis Ubiñas 

2014............... Eva Longoria

2015............... Tony Salazar 

2016............... Wells Fargo 

2017............... Bank of America

2018............... Ford Foundation

2019............... Daniel R. Ortega, Jr.

AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Affiliate of the Year Award is the highest honor bestowed upon an UnidosUS Affiliate for its exemplary work in serving the Latino community and advancing the mission of UnidosUS.

Past awardees include:

1985............... Home Education Livelihood Program, Inc. (HELP)

1991............... Nebraska Association of Farmworkers, Inc. (NAF)

1992............... Centro de la Communidad Unida/United
                         Community 
Center (UCC)

1993............... Mujeres Latinas en Accion

1994............... Friendly House

1995............... Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation (HOPE)

1996............... Center for Training and Careers, Inc. (CTC) and
                         Youth Development 
Inc. (YDI)

1997............... El Hogar del Nino

1998............... Spanish Speaking Unity Council

1999............... Amigos Del Valle

2000............... Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe

2001............... United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS)

2002............... Alivio Medical Center

2005............... Congreso de Latinos Unidos


2006............... Carlos Rosario International Career Center 

2007............... CentroNía

2008............... Committee for Hispanic Children and Families (CHCF) 

2009............... Instituto del Progreso Latino 

2010............... Mujeres Latinas en Acción 

2011............... Mary’s Center 

2012............... Association for the Advancement of 
                         Mexican Americans (AAMA) 

2013............... Southwest Key Programs, Inc. 

2014............... Congreso de Latinos Unidos 

2015............... El Concilio 

2016............... Hispanic Unity of Florida 

2017............... MAAC

2018............... PODER

2019............... Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The UnidosUS Lifetime Achievement Award is not given annually, but rather very rarely; only when the organization feels specially moved to recognize a person for the cumulative impact of his or her whole life on our community.

Past awardees include:

1997............... Ana G. Mendez

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