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Immigration Advocates Network Nominated For Best Law Site in the 13th Annual Webby Awards

Fans Can Vote Online to Help IAN Win Internet's Top Honor

New York, NY, April 15, 2009 – Pro Bono Net announced today that the Immigration Advocates Network website has been nominated for Best Law Site in the 13th Annual 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.

The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a free national online network that supports legal advocates working on behalf of immigrants' rights.  It was developed by Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to justice, and 10 leading immigration advocacy organizations, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

"Nominees like Immigration Advocates Network 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."

“IAN is deeply honored to receive this recognition.  It is a tribute to a remarkable collaborative effort inspired by the promise of web-based information sharing and the vast experience of Pro Bono Net,” said IAN Project Director Debbie Smith. “Our goal is to knit together the expertise of the country’s leading immigration advocacy organizations, to harness technology in support of immigrants’ rights  and to provide a platform for disseminating information immediately and effectively.” 

“A year after its launch, IAN is providing more than 3,300 advocates in fifty states with crucial information and collaboration tools,” said IAN Project Coordinator Matthew Burnett. “Regardless of their physical location, those working for immigrants’ rights can benefit from desktop access to high quality resources including training manuals, videos, podcasts and webinars; sample materials; timely news and alerts; and online tools to facilitate greater communication and collaboration among advocates.”

As a nominee, IAN is also eligible to win a Webby People's Voice Award, which is voted online by the global Web community. From now until April 30th, IAN fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at http://pv.webbyawards.com

Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 8th. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA's Chief Bob Greenberg, "Simpson's" creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein.

ABOUT PRO BONO NET
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through increased volunteer lawyer participation and innovative use of technology. Founded in 1998, Pro Bono Net has created a powerful network of nonprofit legal aid providers, courts and bar associations across the United States and Canada. This network uses two Web-based platforms—www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org—to recruit and manage volunteers, and to provide legal information and tools for low-income communities and the organizations that serve them.  For more information, visit www.probono.net.

ABOUT IMMIGRATION ADVOCATES NETWORK
Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) is a collaborative effort of leading immigration advocacy organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants. IAN promotes more effective and efficient communication and collaboration among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools for non-profit and public interest advocates.  IAN’s partners include the ACLU Immigrant’s Rights Project, the ABA Commission on Immigration, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Foundation, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the National Immigration Law Center, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net and the Advocates for Human Rights.

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, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th 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. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; Getty Images; The Barbarian Group; Digital Kitchen; Wired; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.
 

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