Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas: Ridenhour Prize Winner for Truth-Telling

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Jose Antonio Vargas has been awarded The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.  

"An immigrant to the United States from the Philippines at the age of 12, Jose Antonio Vargas became a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post," noted the Nation Institute, which administers the prize in conjunction with the Fertel Foundation.  "But for over a decade, Vargas lived under a constant cloud of fear that the truth about his immigration status would be revealed. Vargas is receiving the 2013 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling because he, like Ron Ridenhour, had a choice: to remain silent and safe or reveal his truth and risk sanctions. For Vargas those risks included the loss of a promising career and deportation. When he came forward to tell his story in a groundbreaking essay that chronicled his life as an undocumented immigrant, it catalyzed the movement around immigration reform and the DREAM Act. Shortly after coming forward, Vargas founded “Define American” to elevate the conversation around immigration issues."

Other winners include James Hansen who received the The Ridenhour Courage Prize, and Seth Rosenfeld - who received The Ridenhour Book Prize.

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