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Dean Harold Hongju Koh to Receive Immigration and Civil Rights Award

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center has selected Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh to be honored with the 2006 Philip Burton Advocacy Award as part of the 16th Annual Phillip Burton Immigration and Civil Rights Awards. Dean Koh will receive the award at a ceremony on Friday, July 21, 2006, in San Francisco. Along with Dean Koh, the ILRC will honor Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (wife of Elwyn C. Lee ’75) with the 2006 Philip Burton Award for Policy, and Robert E. Borton of Heller Ehrman LLP with the 2006 Philip Burton Award for Lawyering.

In a statement on its website, the ILRC wrote, “We are proud to honor Dean Koh’s long term dedication to human rights and justice for refugees. As an expert on human rights and international law, Dean Koh served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under President Clinton and has published over 80 articles on the subject of human rights and international law. In his role as an outstanding advocate for the rights and dignity of all persons, Dean Koh has testified before congress on the subject of human rights for refugees and trafficked persons and has served as an attorney on behalf of those whose rights have been violated. It is with much enthusiasm that we present Dean Koh with the 2006 Philip Burton Award for Advocacy.”