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Immigration Journalism Awards Invitation // Ceremony and Keynote Address // Wednesday, November 29

November 29 @ 12:30 pm

Luncheon, Presentation of Awards & Keynote Remarks
featuring Bitta Mostofi, 

acting Commissioner of the Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Join the French-American Foundation on November 29  to honor EMMANUEL HADDAD, winner of the “Prix Cercle des médias” (in French) for his piece “Terre de réfugiés” (Sept, a Swiss media) & SETH FREED WESSLER, winner of the Immigration Journalism Prize (English) for his piece “This Man Will Almost Certainly Die” (The Nation), the sixth class of winners of the Immigration Journalism Award. 
The Foundation will also recognize Jacqueline Charles with an honorable mention for her article “New migration: Haitians carve a dangerous 7.000-mile path to the U.S.” (Miami Herald/McClatchy Newspapers).

Since 2012, with the support of Cercle des médias, the Immigration Journalism Award has recognized outstanding journalism published in the United States and in France on the topics of immigration and integration, and the important role this work plays in enriching and informing the public debate on this complex and often controversial topic.

In conjunction with the presentation of the 2017 Immigration Journalism Awards, acting Commissioner of the Mayor de Blasio’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi, will deliver keynote remarks on the immigration and migration in New York and elswhere.

Wednesday, November 29 / 12:30 PM 
Century Association / 7 West 43rd St.
Space is limited, and a reservation is required. Please RSVP here. For more information, please send an email to Val Demuynck- vdemuynck@frenchamerican.org  

Bitta Mostofi 
Bitta Mostofi is a long time immigrant rights advocate and human rights organizer. After graduating law school from DePaul University in Chicago she practiced civil rights law with a particular focus on the discriminatory impact of immigration practices on Muslim or Middle Eastern immigrants. Shortly thereafter she joined Safe Horizon and continued her legal practice representing immigrant crime victims, asylees, and others in both affirmative and defensive petitions before the immigration court. Along the way Bitta has continued her community organizing, working to increase awareness of global human rights injustices and the plight of refugees. In 2014 Bitta joined the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to spearhead the IDNYC outreach campaign. She currently serves as Acting Commissioner for MOIA.

Emmanuel Haddad 
French-Lebanese journalist based for four years in Beirut, Lebanon. Emmanuel Haddad publishes written reports for French media such as La Croix, Le Monde Diplomatique and We Demain; Swiss media like Sept, Le Courrier and La Cité; radio stations like Deutsche Welle and Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS). 
He made his first steps in journalism as a radio journalist for Radio Orient, before becoming the French editor of the European webmagazine cafebabel. In 2011, he became a freelance journalist in Barcelona, Spain, in the middle of the Spanish economic crisis and the social movement of the Indignados. There, for one year, he followed the daily life of African immigrants struggling to survive as informal scrap merchants in the outskirts of the Mediterranean city. 
In 2012, he moved in Niamey, Niger, from where he observed the Subsaharian migrants’ wave on their way to Europe, as well as Nigerien returnees from Libya, in the aftermath of the conflicts in Libya and in Mali. In 2013, he moved to Lebanon, from where he covered the Syrian refugee crisis in the country, as well as the human and social impact of the Syrian conflict in the region. In 2014, he received a grant from the University of Florence, Italy, to follow a Syrian refugee on his way to Europe. In October 2016, he spent a month in Somaliland to cover the multifaceted migrant issue in this self-proclaimed State, surrounded by countries in conflict such as Ethiopia, Yemen and Somalia. 

Seth Freed Wessler 
Seth Freed Wessler is a New York-based reporter and a Puffin Foundation Fellow with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute. He has reported for NBC News, The Nation, ProPublica, This American Life, Reveal and Colorines.com, among other outlets. 
Seth worked as a staff reporter for NBC and for Colorlines and has been a Soros media fellow, a visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute and a Logan Nonfiction Fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good. 
He was awarded the Hillman Prize, the Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media, and the Society of American Business Editors and Reporters investigative prize, among other awards. Seth’s work on immigration enforcement, the safety net, and federal prisons has spurred reforms in federal law enforcement policy, the passage of state legislation to protect the rights of immigrants, and legal action against corporate wrongdoing.


Founded in 1976 and building on more than two centuries of shared ideals between France and the United States, the French-American Foundation-United States works to enrich a transatlantic relationship that is essential in today’s world. With its sister foundation, the French-American Foundation – France, the Foundation brings together leaders, policymakers, and a wide range of professionals to exchange views and share experiences in areas of mutual concern for mutual benefit.

The Foundation addresses several current policy issues including education; immigration; security and defense; business and the economy; energy and the environment; urban development and renewal; health care; and cultural policy. Programs include its signature Young Leaders program, conferences, high-level professional exchanges, and study tours for leaders in government, business, academia, media, and culture, creating a rich network of people and ideas for action.

With the support of Cercle des médias:
French-American Foundation, 28 W. 44th St., Suite 1420, New York, NY 10036


November 29
12:30 pm


Century Association
7 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036 United States
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