Join us on Saturday, December 9th, as we celebrate Victor Acosta and 12 other winners of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award. The program will begin at 10am in the House Chamber of the Oklahoma Capitol, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd. You’re welcome to join us!
Victor Acosta was born in San Luis Potosi (Mexico). He moved to Oklahoma City at the age of seventeen, and he has called OKC his home since then. In 2008, he graduated from Santa Fe South High School. His academic achievements led him to receive an Oklahoma’s Promise Scholarship as well as a scholarship from the Latino Community Development Agency. He attended the University of Central Oklahoma, graduating in 2014 with a major in Graphic Design.
As part of the Hispanic community, Victor likes to be involved with and help different organizations using his talent in design. Currently, he is taking a leadership class with the World Experiences Foundation. He is working on a project to organize a foundation to help immigrant students who have just arrived in the United States. He plans to name the foundation, “Not Alone.”
This year, Victor Acosta has been recognized for a “Next Gen Under 30” Award for his work in graphic design. He has also been selected as “Mr. Fiesta de Las Americas.” He plans to use his position as crowned Mr. Fiesta de Las Americas to motivate and help other generations. He is also very active and involved with Dream Act Oklahoma.
President Trump’s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy creates uncertainty for young people like Victor Acosta, putting them at risk of deportation unless there is Congressional action or a change of heart by Mr. Trump.
Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, a previous recipient of the Oklahoma Human Rights Award, writes:
“Victor Acosta is an accomplished and ambitious person. He came to this country as an adolescent and was motivated by his family to overcome several barriers, linguistic, cultural, and economic in order to forge ahead with panache. He witnessed his parents’ struggle in the land of opportunity and would be devastated if he is separated from them.”
“It would serve us well to remember that the Latinos/ Hispanics who came to this country as minors identify as Americans and have a firm conviction in the values that the founding father of the United States built this country upon.”
Nominated by Miguel Angel Aponte.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.