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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2016 Archives > Immigrant Heritage 2016

Immigrant Heritage Month 2016


As part of Buffalo’s Immigrant Heritage Month celebrations, Mayor Brown honored ten individuals who assisted in the creation of the Buffalo Police Department Language Access Plan and Language ID Cards

June 27, 2016 –Today, Mayor Byron Brown and the city of Buffalo’s Office of New Americans hosted the city’s first Immigrant Heritage Month recognition ceremony to honor members of the Buffalo immigrant and refugee community who have helped smooth the transition of Buffalo’s growing foreign born population.

“Today’s honorees played a crucial role in drafting the Buffalo Police Department Language Access Plan,” said Mayor Brown. “Thanks to their efforts, in partnership with Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda and Office of New Americans Executive Director Jessica Lazarin, our police officers now have Language Identification Cards to assist them during their interactions with foreign-born residents. This is a great tool to help build upon relationships between Buffalo Police Officers and citizens.”

In 2014, President Barack Obama designated the month of June as Immigrant History Month to celebrate diversity and immigrants’ shared American heritage. In 2015, Mayor Brown founded the City of Buffalo’s Office of New Americans and hired Jessica Lazarin to serve as the Executive Director. Since that time, ONA has worked to build relationships with Buffalo’s growing ethnic communities.

This year’s honorees are:

  1. Daniel Leong
  2. Thin Thin Conlon
  3. Lin Naing
  4. Obi Ezenwa
  5. Rev. Justus Emiliani Ndyamukama
  6. Callistus Ibegbu
  7. Benoit Kabayiza
  8. Steven Sanyu
  9. Lamin Tamang
  10. Shree Siwakoti