Downtown Miami

Miami organization holds annual fundraising gala to help immigrants

Americans for Immigrant Justice will hold its 19th annual awards dinner Friday at the Hotel Intercontinental downtown highlighting how the organization helped the Central American children who poured across the Mexican border in unprecedented numbers last year.

More than 51,000 unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras crossed the border during fiscal year 2014 fleeing gang violence, poverty and volatile family situations. While many of the children were successfully reunited with their parents or other family members here an across the nation, many continued to face the threat of deportation — even if reunited with family.

It was to help the minors fight deportation in court where Americans for Immigrant Justice rose to the challenge. Americans for Immigrant Justice assisted more than 2,700 minors in 2014 and some of them are already legal residents today.

Titled “Upholding the American Dream,” the group’s 19th annual awards dinner will kick off with a cocktail party at 6 p.m. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Lillian A. Abreu, director of development at 786-454-8550 or email or Virginia Lora, development and communication specialist at 305-573-1106 extension 1620 or at

— Alfonso Chardy