• NYTWA Executive Director, Bhairavi Desai, Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council (2013)
  • Working Families Party (WFP) Award for audacious organizing to build power for workers in immigrant communities (2012)
  • NYC Central Labor Council Annual Awards Recipient (2012)
  • Crain's New York Business Magazine "40 Under Forty" Profile (2012)
  • AFL-CIO Membership and National Organizing Committee Charter Granted to form National TWA (2011)
  • Member of the ITF International Transport Workers' Federation (2011)
  • Keynote Speaker at the UTU United Transportation Union's 11th Quadrennial International Convention (2011)
  • SAALT South Asian Americans Leading Together "Change Maker" Award (2011)
  • New Yorker Magazine Profile (2011)
  • Moynihan Democratic Club of Queens Distinguished Community Leader (2010)
  • Brecht Forum Arthur Felberbaum Award (2010)
  • “Forty Under Forty” Feminist Press at CUNY (2010)
  • Office of the Comptroller of City of New York Commendation for Distinguished Leadership (2010)
  • Invitation to White House Dinner from President Barack Obama (2009)
  • New York Appleseed Award for Partnership and Support of Pro Bono Projects (2009)
  • New York Appleseed Network for Change (2009)
  • Working Theater Honoree for Bridging the Gap Between the Arts, Labor, and the Community (2009)
  • South Asian Council for Social Services Award for Extraordinary Service to the Community (2009)
  • New York State Assembly Citation for Outstanding Citizens/Exemplary Community Service (2009)
  • Indian American Political Awareness Committee, "Creating A Voice" Award (2009)
  • New York Friends of the People's Weekly World, "Better World" Award (2008)
  • Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats Award for Organizing Taxi Workers Into a Multi-Ethnic Union (2008)
  • Keynote Speaker at Asian Law Caucus (2008)
  • Labor Notes Troublemakers Award (2008)
  • Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Caucus Citation (2008)
  • NYC Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Leadership Award (2008)
  • Labor Research Association Ernest DeMaio Labor Award (2008)
  • The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. Award (2008)
  • Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Leadership Award (2008)
  • Aspirations and Expressions South Asia Voice Award (2007)
  • DC37 Asian American Heritage Committee (2007)
  • New York Civic Participation Project Bridge Builders Award (2007)
  • AFL-CIO Certificate of Affiliation & First-Ever Worker Center Vote into Central Labor Council (2007)
  • Community Service Award, Sanjha Punjab TV and Radio (2006)
  • Cchaya CDC Contributions to South Asian Community Award (2005)
  • Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Award (2005)
  • National Cancer Institute Community Health Research Partnership Award (2005)
  • Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART) Certificate of Recognition (2004)
  • Gujarati Samaj Women’s Leadership Award (2004)
  • Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, “Top 5 Under 35” (2004)
  • NY Jobs with Justice Fighting Spirit Award (2004)
  • AALDEF Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund “Justice in Action” Award (2003)
  • Office of President of Borough of Manhattan Citation for Post-9/11 Services (2002)
  • Emigrant Savings Immigrant Advocate Award (2002)
  • CUNY Graduate School Oral Histories of Women Activists Project (2000)
  • Invitation to White House Dinner from President Bill Clinton (2000)
  • Union Square Award for Activism (1999)
  • A. Magazine Top 100 Asians of the Decade (1999)
  • Ms. Magazine Top 10 Female Role Models of the Year (1998)
  • New York Magazine Newsmaker of the Year Award (1998)
  • George Magazine “Twenty Most Fascinating Women in Politics” (1998)