Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta (left), head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, looks on as U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to the media at the DOJ on May 9, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Asian Americans Advancing Justice announced Oct. 5 that Indian American attorney Vanita Gupta, Gold Star parents Ghazala and Khizr Khan, and Jimmy Ferguson were selected as honorees for the 2016 American Courage Awards held Oct. 6 the Capital Hilton here.

Gupta, the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, will receive the American Courage Award in honor of her extraordinary commitment to the protection of civil rights and her leadership in advancing criminal justice reforms.

A special President’s Award was presented to Ghazala and Khizr Khan in recognition of their family’s service and sacrifice for the nation and the courage with which they stood up for civil rights in the face of anti-Muslim and xenophobic vitriol in today’s political discourse.

Ferguson received the Changemaker Award for his extraordinary commitment to the Asian American business community and his leadership in the establishment of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship.

“Our organization has been a powerful voice in fighting for opportunity, equality, and policies that protect the civil and human rights of Asian Americans,” AAJC president Mee Moua stated in a press release.

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