Children’s Aid’s CEO, C. Warren Moses, Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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In a colorful ceremony full of rich cultural significance, C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children’s Aid Society, was among 100 people honored by NECO (National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations) with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday, May 12.

NECO Chairman Nasser J. Kazeminy welcomes Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly, another Medalist, and C. Warren Moses to the ceremony on May 12.

Each year, NECO grants the award to citizens who have made outstanding contributions to our nation and to the world. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony celebrates the immigrant experience on Ellis Island, though which millions of immigrants passed on their way to a new life in America. C. Warren Moses was recognized for his own devotion to immigrants and the poor, as well as for the work of The Children’s Aid Society, which has helped immigrant children since its inception in 1853.

Children's Aid CEO with Soldier: C. Warren Moses poses with Private 1st Class Heidi Lynch of the U.S. Army, who is stationed in Fort Drum, New York, moments after she presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to him.C. Warren Moses poses with Private 1st Class Heidi Lynch of the U.S. Army, who is stationed in Fort Drum, New York, moments after she presented the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to him.

Before the ceremony, Moses noted that “Children’s Aid’s Orphan Trains helped children who were predominately immigrants. We were at Ellis Island in the early 20th century, helping the children of immigrants, and we are working with immigrant families today all over New York City. I am very proud to receive this honor.” The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of the recipients, who this year included Her Excellency Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st Session of the United Nations, Congressman Tom Lantos, founder of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and Guillermo Linares (above right in photo), Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, among others. For a full list of the 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor winners, please visit www.neco.org.