Named 2014 Civil Libertarian of the Year
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS, NV - The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada
is pleased to announce that Yvanna Cancela
has been chosen to receive the 2014 Emilie Wanderer Civil Libertarian of the Year award.
Cancela is the political director at Culinary Workers Union Local 226 of UNITE HERE.
of Nevada is honoring Cancela
leadership on immigrants' rights issues, her
work coordinating a statewide campaign in Nevada for comprehensive immigration reform, and for standing up for worker rights.
The ACLU of Nevada will present Cancela with the Civil Libertarian of the Year award at its Twelfth Annual Celebration of Civil Liberties on Friday, June 13, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.
has been a steadfast champion of immigration reform for many years.
We recognize her
unwavering commitment to achieving citizenship and worker status for those who want the same opportunities to earn a living, raise their families and participate fully in our community.
Worker rights and protections, healthcare, and a living wage also motivate Yvanna
to improve our community and state, and we are proud to honor her for it," said Tod Story, ACLU
of Nevada Executive Director.
Through my work at the Culinary Union
, I have been privileged to be a part of a movement to reunite families and improve the lives of working women and men," said Cancela
lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She is a union leader who has dedicated her career to advancing workplace justice and fighting for comprehensive immigration reform.
In 2011, Cancela was appointed the Political Director of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 - Nevada's largest union, with over 55,000 members - and is responsible developing an overarching agenda to advance workers' rights.
She led programs to increase members' awareness and civic engagement that resulted in the registration of thousands of new Latino voters, as well as record voter turnout among union members.
Throughout the last year and a half, Cancela
has worked to organize union members to pressure Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.
aims to empower workers to exercise their voices and push for change.
Despite being the political director, Cancela stays closely involved with the worker organizing.
In 2013, she
was awarded the White House's César Chávez?Champions of Change award for the union's work on organizing for comprehensive immigration reform.
Cancela was born and raised in Miama, Florida.
She graduated from Northwestern University in 2010.