November 2015


2015 Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony


Join the French-American Foundation to honor François Dufour, winner of the Prix TF1 for his series "Lampedusa Migrant Crisis Explained to the Young Ones" (L’Actu, L'Éco, Mon Quotidien) and Maria Sacchetti ("The Unforgotten," The Boston Globe) as the fourth class of winners of the Immigration Journalism Award. The Foundation will also recognize honorable mentions to Daniel Gonzalez and Bob Ortega ("Pipeline of Children: A Border Crisis," The Arizona Republic) and Rachel Nolan ("Displaced in the DR," Harper’s).

Since 2012, with the ongoing support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Fondation TF1, and Air France, the Immigration Journalism Award has recognized outstanding journalism published in the United States and in France on the topics of immigration and integration, and the important role this work plays in enriching and informing the public debate on this complex and often controversial topic.

In conjunction with the presentation of the 2015 Immigration Journalism Award, the Foundation will host Philippe Bolopion, United Nations & Crisis Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, who will discuss the human-rights implications of the global migration crisis seen in the past year, notably as a result of the Syrian conflict but also in Central America and elsewhere.

To continue the important work of the French-American Foundation in promoting complete and responsible coverage of immigration and integration in the media, admission to the Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony is $25. Space is limited, and a reservation is required. Purchase tickets here. For more info, contact Patrick Lattin at [email protected].

Philippe BolopionPhillipe Bolopion

Keynote Speaker

Philippe Bolopion joined Human Rights Watch as United Nations Director in August 2010. Prior to that, he spent five years working with the French daily Le Monde as the UN correspondent.

There he covered a wide range of UN issues and traveled to such places as Darfur, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Sri Lanka, Gaza, and Haiti, including on missions with UN secretary-generals and the UN Security Council. He has also worked as a journalist covering the United Nations for France 24 and Radio France International (RFI). Prior to working in New York, Bolopion was based in Pristina, where he reported on the end of the Kosovo Conflict in 1999 and 2000. Bolopion is the author of Le bagne du bout du monde (La Découverte, 2004). He is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Bordeaux and CUEJ, the journalism school of Strasbourg.

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Francois DufourFrançois Dufour

Winner, Prix TF1

Series: Lampedusa Migrant Crisis Explained to the Young Ones
Le Périple de Sihan, 17 ans, Africaine Réfugiée en Europe, L’ACTU; De l’Afrique à L’Europe, Destin d’un Boat People, L'ÉCO; Des Milliers d’Africains Naviguent vers Europe, MON QUOTIDIEN

Francois Dufour is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Mon Quotidien, the first daily for kids launched in France on January 5, 1995. He is also editor-in-chief of prize-winning Le Petit Quotidien and L’ACTU, both created in 1998. These three dailies have around 120,000 subscribers in France, whereof 10,000 are classes. They are the only existing dailies for kids in Europe, even in the Western world. They come out every day of the week (except Sundays), only by subscription and are meant for kids between 7 and 17 and their parents. They also have an extra weekly supplement in English: My Weekly. Dufour is also editor-in-chief for L’ÉCO, a business weekly to help youngsters understand the basics of economy through the everyday news. Play Bac Presse received in 2009 the Prix Dauphine-IPJ for its "simple way of explaining economy."

Born in 1961, Dufour graduated from Sciences Po (Paris). He invented the curriculum quiz game Play Bac together with two childhood friends, Jérôme Saltet and Gaëtan Burrus, in a train between Paris and le Touquet on October 19, 1985. They then created the publishing house Éditions Play Bac in order to publish it. They are also the creators of the curriculum-based quiz decks Les Incollables sold throughout the world in more than 60 million copies, known in the USA as Brain Quest (licensed to Workman Publishing).

Years after passing his French Baccalaureat in 1979, François Dufour tried to do the same without any preparation in 2006, did poorly but succeeded. This experience is detailed in a book Comment ne pas rater son bac (Librio, 2006).

François Dufour is a board member of the World Association of Newspapers, representing the French national newspapers. Francois Dufour is the author of an essay critical to his peers: Les journalistes français sont-ils si mauvais ? (Larousse, 2009). No surprise he decided for his newsroom to commit to the Code of Ethics of the...American journalists (SPJ).

A fine connaisseur of Japan (where he lived) and the United States (he owns a flat in Manhattan), he is an Eisenhower Fellow (1998) and a Young Leader of the French-American Foundation (2005).

In France, François Dufour is a jury member of the Prix Clara, a literary award for young writers of short stories, since 2007.

Being an admirer of Nelson Mandela, he co-translated his biography written by Bill Keller, then editor-in-chief of The New York Times. The book was published in France in 2010 - by L’Actu/La Table Ronde - to celebrate the 20 years liberation of the "last hero of the 20th century."

Francois Dufour became famous in France for tweeting the DSK arraignment from inside the court room (a scoop) in Manhattan, on May 16, 2011. He wrote about this exceptional Sofitel case the book "DSK, May 16, 2011. From the Perp walk to Rikers island" (Editions KatouMalou).

In 2013, he also wrote "The Assassination of JFK" for the 50th anniversary. According to the evidence, Francois Dufour writes: "Oswald did it alone and Ruby did it alone".

In 2015, after 10 years of reporting about migrants from the Lampedusa island (Italy), Francois Dufour decided to write an op-ed published all around the globe (Daily Telegraph, Clarin, Hurryet, JDD, Obs, Huffington Post...). His solution to avoid all the shipwrecks and drownings is "to grant the refugee status on the other side of the Medieterranean and bring the refugees to plane."

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Maria SacchettiMaria Sacchetti

Winner, Immigration Journalism Award

"The Unforgotten," The Boston Globe

Maria Sacchetti covers immigration for The Boston Globe. She most recently covered the migrant and refugee crisis in Europe. She has reported on the disappearance of immigrants along US-Mexico border and was among the 2012 IRE finalists for the series, Justice in the Shadows, about the secrecy permeating the US immigration system. The series revealed the secret arrests of foreigners, including a citizen of France who died in immigration jail, hidden court records, and the unannounced release of dangerous criminals.

She also covered the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, followed a Boston student to Colombia when his father was deported, and reported on a murder trial in Ecuador. Her work has led to the release of several immigrants and the halting of deportation proceedings against others.

Prior to the Globe, she investigated the education of Latino schoolchildren in California, leading to the Latino Educational Initiative that has prepared many more students in Orange County for college.

Before that, she worked as a journalist for several years in Latin America. She has a bachelor's in journalism from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in Latin American studies, with a focus on immigration and economics, from the University of Texas at Austin. She is fluent in Spanish.

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