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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

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

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

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD FOR SPORTS EXCELLENCE

The Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership, named in honor of th e 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 loca l level, and his or her contributions must be recent and relevant to con temporary 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............... 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

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


2003............... Texas Migrant Council, Inc. (TMC)
2004............... CASA de Maryland, Inc.
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

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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