On Thursday, April 6, the American Immigration Council hosted the annual Washington DC Immigrant Achievement Awards. As part of the Council’s mission to “strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration,” three extraordinary immigrants were honored for their enormous impact on their communities. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
The event also provided exchange visitors with the opportunity to meet immigration attorneys, advocates, and Congressional staff members, the current administration—and supporters of sensible, fair and smart immigration.
This year, Doctors Krishan and Vimal Goyle were awarded for their work as community health advocates who have dedicated their lives to serving low-income and immigrant communities. Additionally, attorney Khizr Khan was honored for his work to defend and advance the contributions of America’s immigrant and Muslim communities.
Originally from India, Doctors Krishan and Vimal Goyle came to Rochester, NY on a visa program and eventually naturalized as citizens. They later moved to Wichita, KS where Krishan served the community to providing pro-bono medical services to those in need while Vimal served the immigrant population delivering babies in a private practice. Later on, Vimal co-founded the Mayflower Clinic, a “safety net” clinic for low-income Kansans and immigrants located in Wichita. After spending decades serving the community of Wichita, Krishan and Vimal moved to New York City to be closer to their family. To this day, they continue to provide healthcare through the hotel workers union of New York City.
Khizr Khan, Constitutional Rights Advocate and a patriotic Muslim American, was born in Pakistan, He attended Punjab University and University Law School. He was licensed to practice law in 1974. He moved to the United Arab Emirates and later to the United States, where he attended Harvard Law School for his LL.M. degree. With Ghazala Khan he is a proud parent of three, including late U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan and four grandchildren. In 2016, Khizr spoke during the Democratic National Convention in an iconic defense for fair immigration and religious freedom. He continues to defend and advance the contributions of America’s immigrant and Muslim communities through activism and legal defense.
Krishan, Vimal and Khizr now join the ranks of millions of outstanding immigrants who have made a lasting impact on the United States.