Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.
An estimated 8 million legal permanent residents across the United States are eligible to become U.S. citizens, but many don’t understand the process and can’t afford to hire a lawyer. CitizenshipWorks provides free, easy-to-use online tools in both English and Spanish to help individuals answer questions about their eligibility for naturalization, better understand the naturalization process and how to prepare for the naturalization tests, and find free or low-cost legal help with their naturalization application. A recently launched text messaging campaign allows users to text “citizenship”
CitizenshipWorks was developed by the Immigration Advocates Network, a collaborative effort of leading immigrants’ rights organizations, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, national experts on the naturalization process, and Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that works to increase access to justice through innovative uses of technology. It was developed with support from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Grove Foundation.
"Nominees like CitizenshipWorks are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."
“Permanent residents who become U.S. citizens have greater access to economic opportunity, higher civic engagement and a stronger connection to the United States,” said Matthew Burnett, Director of the Immigration Advocates Network. “These benefits shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to hire a lawyer. CitizenshipWorks opens the door to all those who are eligible to become U.S. citizens.”
As a nominee, CitizenshipWorks is also eligible for The Webby Awards’ “People's Voice Award”, which is voted for online by fans across the globe. From now until Friday, April 27, 2012, CitizenshipWorks fans are encouraged to cast their votes at http://pv.webbyawards.com/
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and honored at a ceremony on Monday, May 21, 2012 at The Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards' famous 5-Word Speeches.
About the Immigration Advocates Network:
The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. IAN's partners include the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, National Immigration Law Center, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, and the Advocates for Human Rights. To learn more, visit www.immigrationadvocates.org.
About the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) is a non-profit national resource center that provides legal trainings, educational materials, and advocacy to advance immigrant rights. Founded in 1979, the mission of the ILRC is to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. To learn more, visit www.ilrc.org.
About Pro Bono Net:
Pro Bono Net (www.probono.net)
About The Webby Awards:
Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.