Akin Gump Client Wins UNICEF Honor for Best Investigation

(Washington, DC)  Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is pleased to announce that, on April 25, pro bono client Appleseed and México Appleseed won first place for its 2011 report Children at the Border: The Screening, Protection and Repatriation of Unaccompanied Mexican Minors (available here) at the UNICEF México National Awards. The report won for Best Investigation, one of only two categories at the awards.

Akin Gump attorneys were lead participants in the preparation of Children at the Border, among them Houston office associate Domingo LLagostera, who was also a lead contributor to Appleseed’s 2010 report Justice for Immigration’s Hidden Population. Mr. LLagostera describes the impact on his life of working with one of the unaccompanied children in an essay in Akin Gump’s 2011 annual review (p.42; available here). The report itself was designed and produced by Akin Gump’s in-house design team.