15th Annual Scholarship Gala
Congratulations to our 2018 Gala Honorees!

The 2018 honorees are: Anna María Tejada, Partner at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP; Angela Fernandez, Executive Director of Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights; and organization honoree DominicanosUSA.org led by Executive Director Eddie Cuesta. 

"In celebration of our 15th year of awarding scholarships to our future leaders, the DBA looked this year to honor individuals that have sought to unite our cause for empowered Dominicans and all Latinos.  Our honorees embody the ideals of community, civic engagement, and progress that should be afforded to all.  Each of our honorees have worked tirelessly to break down barriers and build bridges among our own community and beyond” stated Miguelina Camilo, President of the DBA.

On behalf of the Dominican Bar Association (“DBA”), we invite you to attend our 15th Annual Scholarship Gala, in honor of the below honorees and our scholarship recipients, to be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Battery Gardens (1 Battery Place, New York, NY 10004), located directly on the Hudson River.

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Anna María Tejada
Kaufman Dolowich Voluck LLP

Anna María is a partner at Kaufman Dolowich Voluck, LLP and co-chair of their Women’s Initiative. She is also director of the New Jersey Labor & Employment Group. Her practice concentrates in labor and employment law on behalf of management, employment practices liability, directors and officers liability, professional liability and education law.

She represents employers, attorneys, school boards, parents and municipalities in state and federal courts as well as in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Division on Civil Rights and the Office of Administrative Law.

Previously, Ms. Tejada practiced with a large New Jersey law firm and served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow for the Education Law Center where she assisted in enforcement proceedings of the landmark decisions of Abbott v. Burke.

Ms. Tejada served as an appellate clerk for the Honorable John E. Wallace, Jr., now retired, from the Supreme Court of New Jersey and interned in law school for the Honorable John W. Bissell, United States District of New Jersey. Ms. Tejada frequently participates in mentoring programs for inner city youths in her home town of Passaic, as well as other locations in New Jersey.


Angela Fernandez
Executive Director, 
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights


Angela is the Executive Director and supervising attorney of NMCIR. She is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law and has more than 20 years of experience advocating for human and civil rights the United States and abroad. Her public interest law experience began in the Middle East, investigating labor law violations of workers, with the Centre for Human Rights Legal Aid in Cairo and continued with her providing pro bono legal representation to immigrants through the American Immigrant Lawyers Association.

Angela’s advocacy in the educational field includes successfully founding and managing two academically rigorous elementary schools, in the South Bronx and Washington DC, and spearheading and implementing the first of its kind Women’s Studies Program at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility, for female detainees. Angela’s work in government includes being a staffer for US Senator Bill Bradley and being District Chief of Staff of Congressman Jose Serrano. Earlier in Angela’s career she was an off-air reporter for ABC News, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America and Nightline.

Angela co-lead the effort to end New York State’s participation in the Secure Communities program, and co-developed the first of its kind in the nation, universal court-appointed representation program for detained immigrants.

Executive Director, Eddie Cuesta

Today, more than 1.5 million people of Dominican descent call the U.S. home. Dominicanos USA, a non-partisian organization led by National Executive Director Eddie Cuesta, was created in 2014 to address the growing need for programs that help immigrants and disenfranchised citizens to integrate into society. DUSA educates and actively encourages Dominicans and others to become active participants in society’s civic and political processes.

DUSA is dedicated to empowering the Dominican-American and the broader Latin community through voter registration, education and mobilization, as well as encouraging civic engagement at all levels. In its inaugural year, they registered more than 26,000 mostly Dominican American voters in New York City and in Providence, Rhode Island. For the 2016 Presidential Election, DUSA team registered over 100,000 New Yorkers with canvassers. DUSA also monitors assisted at the polls addressing concerns of those not listed in poll books and ensuring that they were listed with their correct respective parties.

Eddie leads the team of mostly young adults with their headquarters on 149th Street in the Bronx.


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