Hero to the Voiceless

Ali Noorani and Diane Portnoy
Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and Diane Portnoy.


Diane Portnoy was recognized for her decades of dedication to giving immigrants a voice at the 2015 Keepers of the Dream Awards in Washington, DC, on October 14, 2015.

Keepers of the American Dream are identified by the National Immigration Forum as heroes who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement, contribute significantly to the well-being of immigrants in the United States and are advocates in every sense of the word for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. As the founder and CEO of The Immigrant Learning Center, Diane is one of these heroes.

In accepting the award, Diane said, “The United States was built by immigrants. They have always made this country special with their hard work, energy and creativity, and everyone who helps immigrants succeed helps this country succeed.”

Congratulations Diane! You certainly are a hero to the thousands of immigrants and refugees who have built better lives with the help of The Immigrant Learning Center.

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