On Saturday December 3rd, BNHR was awarded as Institution of the year, by the National Christian Chaplain Association (NCCA), the award comes as a recognition to BNHR for its tirelessly work with border marginalized communities throughout the course of almost 18 years, organizing multiple campaigns such as human rights abuse documentation, community education programs, bringing together families through #HugsNotWalls, fighting against anti-immigrant agenda at the state level and promoting immigration reform and border policies that are accountable.
The NCCA gives an annual award to institutions that demonstrate excellent work and community service, those that excel in the advancement of the human rights agenda. We are honored to receive this award, we see this as a clear indicator that we have managed to advance the struggle within the human rights framework.
Our commitment since we started the fight 18 years ago was, is, and will continue to be for inclusion and against hatred and prejudice. Since we started the fight in 1998, we have been able to educate thousands of families and have a more just society, we had also been able to engage with non-traditional allies such as border patrol, local law enforcement agencies, businesses, academics and faith based organizations amongst others, resulting in an invaluable benefit to our border communities and the respect of their constitutional rights.
Our fight is not only for immigration reform, our fight encompasses the recognition of the immigrant families as an elementary and beneficial factor for the nation, the understanding that the pursuit of happiness was not meant to be limited to those that were born within the boundaries of the United States.