NILC to Honor Visionary Civil and Human Rights Leader Wade Henderson

June 9, 2016

Juan Gastelum, [email protected], 213-375-3149

NILC to Honor Visionary Civil and Human Rights Leader Wade Henderson

WASHINGTON — The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is proud to pay tribute to national civil rights leader Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, at its awards reception to be held on June 14, 2016, at the Darlington House in Washington, DC.

Henderson, who directs The Leadership Conference’s coalition of more than 200 national civil and human rights organizations, will be honored for his steadfast commitment to equality and justice for all.

“For the last two decades, Wade’s visionary leadership has created landmark protections for marginalized communities in all sectors. It is clear that he envisions a world in which all people, regardless of income, immigration status, gender identity, or race, are able to achieve their full human potential, and for that, we show our gratitude to him,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of NILC.

“Wade’s advocacy for the rights of immigrants has been particularly crucial to our movement. Whether the battles have been against hateful anti-immigrant laws in states like Alabama, or in Congress or the courts, Wade and The Leadership Conference have aggressively called for just and moral solutions so that all people are treated with dignity,” Hincapié added.

Before taking the helm of The Leadership Conference in 1996, Henderson served as the Washington Bureau director of the NAACP. He began his career as associate director of the Washington national office of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is a graduate of Howard University and the Rutgers University School of Law and is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia and the United States Supreme Court. Henderson is also the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Professor of Public Interest Law at the David A. Clarke School of Law, University of the District of Columbia.

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