Father Jon Pedigo, Director for Advocacy and Community Engagement at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, was recognized last month for his lifetime of contributions to the immigrant community.
During the 12th Annual Beacon of Light Awards, Santa Clara County’s Office of Immigrant Relations awarded Father Pedigo the Cindy Avita Award for Lifetime Achievement in Activism and Advocacy for Immigrant Rights. The event was held on January 25 in Campbell.
“We are all Divine and we must honor the Divine in each person,” Pedigo told the crowd of attendees at the event, explaining why we must treat immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers with dignity.
County officials said the Beacon of Light Awards exemplify the Statue of Liberty’s torch, which has been a welcoming symbol for U.S. immigrants.
Also recognized at the event were: Almaz Negash of the African Diaspora Network and formerly the Managing Director of Catholic Charities’ Step Up Silicon Valley; Beth Chance with the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender; and the Santa Clara County Rapid Response Network.