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Immigrant Heritage Week

Immigrant Heritage Week

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Immigrant Heritage Week, established in 2004, celebrates the histories and contributions of New York City’s diverse immigrant communities.  Celebrated annually from April 17 to April 24, this year marks the 11th anniversary of our week-long celebration.
Immigrant Heritage Week 2015

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Hart-Cellar Act, which eliminated race-based quotas in the country’s immigration laws and is widely viewed as a victory for civil rights, and an extension of civil and human rights values beyond the country’s borders.  This legislation has also heavily-contributed to the vibrant diversity that we see in NYC and the United States today.  This year, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) utilized Immigrant Heritage Week as a platform to celebrate, promote and bring awareness to this historic moment in our country’s history.   The recognition of this historic legislation, and properly couching immigration reform as a Civil Rights issue, is aligned with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of making NYC inclusive of all NYers and highlights NYC’s standing as a national leader in this work.

In partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, City University of NY, and the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, MOIA hosted a series of panel discussions made up of sector leaders to discuss the current local and national state of immigration.  Over 300 audience members enjoyed rich, interactive discussions with a historical perspective on civil rights and progressive immigration reform.

In collaboration with nearly 50 community partners, and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Hart-Cellar Act, MOIA promoted a month-long celebration of immigrant culture, heritage and the arts.  The event calendar can be seen here

Immigrant Heritage Week 2016    
MOIA will begin to prepare for IHW 2016 in the near future.  If you’re an immigrant-serving organization and/or are interested in collaborating with us next year, please email Alejandro Alvarez @, or Israel Rosario @  

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