On Thursday, September 22, 2016, Centro Romero held its annual fundraiser event in downtown Chicago where Kalman Resnick of HSPRD was honored with Centro Romero’s prestigious Monsignor Romero Award. This distinction reflects Mr. Resnick’s lasting and strong commitment to immigration issues, one which HSPRD has long shared. The Monsignor Romero Award is named after Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero who was assassinated on March 24, 1980, to stop him from continuing to defend human rights in El Salvador. For over 30 years, Centro Romero has served refugee and immigrant populations on Chicago’s northeast side. Its programs include: legal services, youth learning and leadership, family services, domestic violence prevention, and adult education. HSPRD is proud of Mr. Resnick’s devotion to the organization and grateful to be a supporter of Centro Romero.
In 1976, Mr. Resnick founded the Legal Services Center for Immigrants, one of the nation’s first advocacy centers for immigrant rights. Since 1990, Mr. Resnick has directed the immigration practice at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. where he also practices labor, employment, and civil rights law. Mr. Resnick has dedicated his legal career to empowering immigrant communities.