The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) presented State Representative Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace, with its Golden Door Award on April 26 for his commitment to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees in Washington State.
“I am both honored and humbled to be awarded this meaningful recognition,” said Moscoso, a first generation Peruvian-American and the first person of color to represent the First Legislative District. “I firmly believe our state is great due to the diversity of its people, and I will continue working toward equality and opportunity to ensure everybody in Washington has a voice and a chance to fully participate in civic life.”
Moscoso has been a vocal advocate for issues affecting immigrant and refugee communities, said Jorge L. BarÃ³n, Executive Director of the NWIRP.
BarÃ³n praised the representative for his sponsorship of two legislative efforts during the 2013 Legislative session that ended Sunday, The Washington Voting Rights Act, which would have allowed challenges to voting systems that, some claim, disenfranchise voters; and The Washington State Trust Act, aimed at setting statewide standards on when local jurisdictions could honor immigration detainer requests issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Washington Voting Rights Act was passed by the House but failed to gain support in the Senate; the Washington State Trust Act never got beyond the House Public Safety Committee.
Founded in 1984, NWIRP serves low-income immigrants and refugees from more than 100 countries across Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.