Immigrant Defense Project 20th Anniversary Gala

Tuesday, April 10, was a heartwarming night as we celebrated IDP’s 20th Anniversary Gala!  We are so appreciative of our amazing Honorees for their inspiring remarks and influential work. Thanks to our Host Committee and Sponsors for their unwavering support. To everyone present, and those there in spirit, we are grateful for your contributions, dedication and commitment in the fight for immigrant justice and human rights. As critical as these efforts are today, we are also paving the way for the next 20 years!

“From my humble corner of what used to be our one-room office at the time, I watched as my colleagues at IDP worked miracles: whether it was helping a criminal defense lawyer work out a plea deal that would prevent a young mother from being permanently separated from her children, or getting the Supreme Court to reject government’s harsh reading of the intersection between immigration and drug laws not one, not two, not three, but four times. IDP pulls off miracles.”

Alina Das,  Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law, excerpt from acceptance of IDP’s Champion of Justice Award

Click here to view the 20th Anniversary Gala program!
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Click here to read Honoree Norman Reimer’s acceptance speech


Norman Reimer, Executive Director, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Alina Das, Professor of Clinical Law, NYU School of Law
Khalil Cumberbatch, Associate VP of Policy, The Fortune Society
Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council Member
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Gibson Dunn
with a Special Acknowledgment of Iris Bennett and Julia Peck

Host Committee:

Jojo Annobil
Donald Anthonyson
Murad Awawdeh
Iris Bennett
Casey Donnelly
Angela Fernandez
Hector Figueroa
Michael Goldman
Jonathan Gradess
Taryn Higashi
Martin Horn
Rick Jones
Christopher Meade
Nancy Morawetz, Co-Chair
Jose Perez
Judy Rabinovitz
Labe Richman
Eric Roth
Gemma Solimene
Jayashri Srikantiah
MaryAnn J. Sung, Co-Chair
George Terezakis
Allan Wernick
Michael Wishnie


Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Gibson Dunn
Deirdre von Dornum & John Madsen
Julia Peck & John Gardiner
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Goldman Sachs
MaryAnn J. Sung & Andrew W. Williams
Spring Wang
Nancy Morawetz
Vera Institute of Justice
Susman Godfrey LLP
Molly & Jim Harris
Madhuri Kommareddi & Andrew Rebatta
Carol Rosenthal & Frank Schneier
Make the Road New York
Matthew Ziegler
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers