Connecticut ImmigraNt Day 2019

April 17, 2019 Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford

The Connecticut Immigrant and Refugee Coalition (CIRC) celebrated Immigrant Day by honoring those who have come from across the world and are propelling Connecticut forward! Ceremonies were held in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol to a standing-room-only gathering.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Attorney General William Tong, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz were among the speakers saluting the 19 honorees from across Connecticut. See list of honorees, below. Read more about the event.

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2019 Honorees

Fatma Wahda Antar                        Egypt                      Bristol, CT

Darek Barcikowski                           Poland                  Hartford, CT

Peter I Barzach                                  Ukraine                West Hartford, CT

Andrei Brel                                         Belarus                 West Hartford, CT

Michael Chambers                          Jamaica, W.I.      Bloomfield, CT

Asma Farid                                         Pakistan              North Haven, CT

Peter Theoharis Isoifides              Greece                    Norwalk, CT

Min Jung Kim                                     Korea                    Hartford, CT

Georges Annan Kingsley               Ivory Coast         Hartford, CT

Zdzislawa Lempicka                         Poland                  Newington, CT

Dr. Mohamed Reza Mansoor      Sri Lanka              Berlin, CT

Ezequiel Martin Menendez         Argentina            Avon, CT

Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan            India                     New Haven, CT

Emanuela Palmares                        Brazil                    Danbury, CT

Carla Squatrito                                  Italy                       South Windsor, CT

Sorin Todeasa                                   Romania              Orange, CT

Ada Ustjanauskas                            Lithuania              West Hartford, CT

Dr. Meera S. Viswanathan            India                      Simsbury, CT

Abby Weiner*                                   Romania              West Hartford, CT



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“I am proud that I could be part of this extraordinary day, and share it with those who walked this journey with me. I applaud … efforts and diligence advocating for the rights of all Immigrants and Refugees in Connecticut. The unified network the Coalition is building to provide guidance and inspiration is commendable … in hopes for a better tomorrow.”

Carla Squatrito, Founder and President, Carla’s Pasta

Connecticut ImmigraNt Day

The first Immigrant Day took place in 1998; fourteen individuals from the state of Connecticut were honored for their contributions to their profession and community.

Now an annual celebration, the Immigrant Day continues to honor and recognize the inspiring contributions of the immigrant and refugee communities in Connecticut. The criteria used to establish nominations for the award are as follows:

  • Born outside the USA

  • Naturalized Citizen

  • Connecticut Resident

  • Contributed to profession and/or community

Immigrant Day also honors students who have made contributions to their school communities. The criteria used for student nominations are as follows:

  • Born outside the USA

  • Does NOT have to be a Naturalized Citizen

  • Connecticut Resident

  • Academic standing

  • Involved in Community Service and/or extracurricular activities

2018 Immigrant Day

Click here for flyer and here for news release about Connecticut Immigration Day at the State Capitol on April 4, 2018.

To view CT-N video of the 2018 Immigrant Day ceremonies, click here.