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For Immediate Release:
April 22, 2016
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New York State Office for New Americans Director Dr. Laura González-Murphy
Honored with the Mujeres Destacadas Award

The New York Department of State’s Dr. Laura González-Murphy, who directs the New York State Office for New Americans, was recognized today, along with other honorees, with the Mujeres Destacadas Award. The award is bestowed annually throughout the country to prominent Latino women for their achievements and contributions in a wide range of fields.

“I’d like to congratulate Laura for this prestigious and well-deserved honor,” said Acting New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “Her work on behalf of immigrants throughout the State and her selfless commitment to public service is inspirational.”

“This recognition is a tremendous honor,” said González-Murphy. “It is exciting, yet also humbling, to join such a prominent group of women who have had such a profound effect on society for the better.”

Mujeres Destacadas is a month-long editorial series and awards ceremony in which Latinas are recognized and honored for their outstanding contributions in the fields of Community Leadership, Education, Health, Arts & Culture, and Business. The “Mujeres Destacadas” ceremony, now in its 21st year, has recognized over 1,200 women in the tri-state area.

El Diario La Prensa, the premier publication to reach New York-area Latinos, hosted the Annual Mujeres Destacadas Awards Luncheon honoring these outstanding women and leaders. Previous recipients of the award have come from business, industry, government, non-profit and entertainment worlds, but the common thread is that they have all reached a level of distinction and, through their hard work and determination, have made a difference in the community.

Before being appointed as the Director of the New York State Office for New Americans, the first state-level immigrant office created by statute in the country, she was an Empire State Fellow at the Department, where she assisted in the program administration of ONA, helped promote the Governor’s Anti-Human Trafficking campaign, and served as the Department’s Language Access Coordinator. She has served as a consultant on immigration policy issues for numerous organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and the Mexican Congress. She was also a Research Assistant Professor at Rockefeller College, SUNY Albany, where she has taught courses on foreign policy, immigration, human rights, and Latin American politics. There, Laura also served as Assistant Director of “The International Context of Immigration: US, Mexico, and Beyond” project, which examines the politics of changing immigration policies.

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