The Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) is pleased to have been honored with the James B. Hunter Human Rights Award yesterday by the Arlington County Human Rights Commission. Named for former Arlington County Board Member James B. Hunter, the award “goes to individuals, community groups, non-profit organizations and business establishments that promote cultural diversity and equal rights for all residents.”
ECDC was among three organizations and three individuals honored by the Arlington County Human Rights Commission. During the award ceremony, it was clear that the common thread between everyone present, especially the honorees, was a strong belief in human rights, justice, and equal access for all. The evening’s honorees are fighting for causes ranging from advocating for voting rights to welcome and inclusion for newcomers to the U.S.
When speaking of the late Mr. Hunter, his daughter Jessica mentioned how proud her father would have been of everyone who received the award. She shared his vision for Arlington County and expressed her gratitude for those who continue to fight for what her father believed in.
ECDC’s mission has always been to help immigrants and refugees build sustainable, self-sufficient lives in their new communities. We are pleased that our efforts have contributed to the growth of our community here in Arlington and across the country.