November 12, 2015

2015 Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony

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The French-American Foundation honored 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 also recognized 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).

In conjunction with the presentation of the 2015 Immigration Journalism Award, the Foundation hosted Philippe Bolopion, United Nations & Crisis Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, who discussed 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.

This event received the support of Carnegie Corporation of New York, Fondation TF1, and Air France.

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Phillippe Bolopion

Keynote Speaker

Philippe Bolopion

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.


Philippe Bolopion, United Nations Director at Human Rights Watch, delivers keynote remarks on the human-rights implications of global migration, notably at the Syrian conflict leads to unprecedented waves of refugees and immigrants making their way away from native lands across the Middle East and Europe. Introduction by French-American Foundation Chairman Allan Chapin.


Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe, accepts the 2015 Immigration Award for her piece, “The Unforgotten,” which explores the thousands of illegal immigrants who have disappeared crossing the southern U.S. border, their families left uncertain of their fate on both ends of the migration trail, and the efforts to identify hundreds of unmarked remains.
Introduction by Jury Member James Graff, The Wall Street Journal.



Jeff Mignon, Play Bac Presse, accepts the Immigration Journalism Awards Prix TF1 on behalf of his colleague François Dufour, who was selected as the winner for his series of articles “Lampedusa Migrant Crisis Explained to the Young Ones” published in various magazines with adolescents as the key audience (L’Actu, L’Éco, Mon Quotidien).
Introduction by Antoine Guélaud, News Editor for TF1.



Organized with the generous support of:

Fondation TF1

Air France