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For Immediate Release


Contacts:  Pam Weisz, Pro Bono Net

              Phone: (212) 760-2554 x485 Email:  pweisz@probono.net

Matthew Burnett, Immigration Advocates Network

              Phone: (212) 760-2554 x481 Email: mburnett@immigrationadvocates.org



Immigration Advocates Network Nominated For Best Law Site in the 14th Annual Webby Awards


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


New York, April 15, 2010 Pro Bono Net announced today that the Immigration Advocates Network has been nominated for Best Law Site in the 14th 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 11 leading immigration advocacy organizations, with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.


"Nominees like the 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."


"CLINIC is proud of IAN for its innovative approach to presenting essential training resources to its network of nonprofit immigration advocates and legal services providers. IAN's commitment to creative and user-friendly design is reflected in its fantastic website and the impressive and continued growth of its network,” said Maria Odom, Executive Director of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), one of IAN’s partner organizations.


“IAN is honored to be recognized for its work increasing access to justice for low-income immigrants.  In just two years IAN has become a go-to resource for over 3,800 immigration advocates in 50 states, providing crucial online tools, trainings and resources that enable advocates to provide quality services to their clients,” said IAN Project Coordinator Matthew Burnett.


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 29th, IAN fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at webby.aol.com.


Winners will be announced on May 4th, 2010 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 14th where they will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous five-word speeches. For a full list of last year’s five-word speeches, please visit: http://www.webbyawards.com/press/speeches.php.


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 national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to justice through innovative uses of technology and increased volunteer lawyer participation.  Pro Bono Net uses innovative web-based platforms—www.probono.net, www.lawhelp.org and www.lawhelpinteractive.org —to recruit and support volunteer lawyers and provide direct information and tools for self representation to low-income communities. 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 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.


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 Expression; Aol; YouTube; Pepsi; Aquent; Yahoo!; Tribal DDB Worldwide; East Media; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail; Museum of the Moving Image; Behance; Business Insider and Time Out New York.


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