On June 16, 2009, NYLAG’s Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU) was honored with the Partner of the Year Award at the 26th FEGS Annual Award Ceremony. Irina Matiychenko, Director of IPU, accepted the award which was given in recognition of NYLAG’s contribution in “creating opportunities for the citizens of our community.” Since its establishment in 1934, FEGS has become one of the largest and most reputable human service providers in the country. IPU has become an integral part of its vast network, which includes numerous government and philanthropic organizations, dedicated to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations. This prestigious award is one more indication that the work of IPU is valued and recognized in New York’s immigrant communities.