Obama Nominates LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board Member Vernon Broderick to Federal Court Bench

Posted on 04/24/2013 @ 03:54 PM

Vernon Broderick, a LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board member and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner, has been nominated by President Obama to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Broderick is a longtime member of LatinoJustice’s board and a former Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

“I am proud to nominate this outstanding candidate to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “Vernon Broderick has a long and distinguished record of service, and I am confident he will serve on the federal bench with distinction.”

Broderick was recommended to President Obama by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer.

“Vernon Broderick is a proven leader with a strong legal and public service background,” said Senator Schumer. ”Mr. Broderick has a clear commitment to justice, outstanding dedication to public service, and broad experience that makes him an exceptional choice for a position on the bench in the Southern District.”

Vernon has served with distinction on the board of LatinoJustice.

“Throughout his career Vernon has shown a commitment to judicial fairness and to protecting the rights of all people,” said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “During his service on the board of LJP, Vernon has provided valuable leadership and commitment to the community and to our mission. I agree with the president that he will be a great addition to the bench.”

At Weil, Vernon concentrates his practice on white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, regulatory investigations and proceedings, and business litigation. He is a member of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Group and the Complex Commercial Litigation Group.

He was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January 2011 to the New York State Commission on Public Integrity and served until new legislation created the Joint Commission on Public Ethics. He has been a Commissioner on the Commission to Combat Police Corruption in New York City since his appointment by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2003. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and serves on the Board of Directors of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Board of Directors for the Justice Resource Center of New York City.

Vernon graduated from Yale University, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Pack the Courts for Immigrant Rights

Posted on 04/23/2013 @ 05:32 PM

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Youth Day: Pack The Courts

Posted on 03/31/2013 @ 04:07 PM

Call to Action: Youth Leaders Pack The Court!

Join youth leaders from across New York City, as they pack the courts on Monday, April 1st to combat discriminatory policing practices in their communities! Wear black and meet at 500 Pearl St to pack the courts! Join us at 1pm for a live press conference at Foley Square. Follow: #changethenypd #morethanaquota #NYPDontrial

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Rootscamp: Unconference 2013

Posted on 03/22/2013 @ 01:29 PM

Organizing 2.0: Lessons Learned: "Organizing Issue Based New Media Campaigns With High School Students"

Registration $15: Register here and come learn and have fun with us!

Come learn our creative approach to leading students to develop creative, engaging and innovative new media advocacy campaigns.

In 2011, the NYPD made over 684,000 stops in the controversial policy of Stop-and-Frisk. 90% of those stopped were Black and Latino between the ages of 14-24. In 2012, students from the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at Urban Arts and LatinoJustice PRLDEF created a 15 minute documentary, original soundtrack and social media campaign examining the impact of Stop-and-Frisk on NYC youth. Students met with attorneys, public figures, professors, and community leaders to examine the impact of this policy.

Based on trainings from the New Organizing Institute, we developed a new media leadership curriculum. Through a collective and creative vision, students became 21st century agents of change. Students fused the power of advocacy, creativity, youth media and online activism on platforms they already use and master on an everyday basis.

What is Rootscamp? What is Organizing 2.0?

Organizing New York will bring together hundreds of leaders, organizers, fundraisers, techies and activists to share our collective wisdom, skills, and talents. We will have workshops, trainings, discussions, consulting and networking opportunities, visionary speakers, and a provocative debate around strategy and practices.

Over three days in Lower Manhattan, we will bring together hundreds of people to learn from each other, share stories and strategies and build our skills, organizations and movements. Featured tracks focusing on online organizing, grassroots fundraising, civic engagement and much more.

Our goal is to serve the unique training needs of the members and staff of union locals, community based organizations and other membership lead groups.

Presented by organizations with long track records in running successful progressive conferences and trainings: Organizing 2.0, Working Families, New York Civic Engagement Table, Wellstone Action, Rootscamp, Democracy for America and many more!

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Floyd Day 3

Posted on 03/20/2013 @ 07:47 PM

Floyd trial 3/20/13: “Handcuff the kids anyway” was message cops got

Via http://ccrjustice.org/floyd-trial-updates

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he day began with a whistleblower cop who spoke emotionally about not wanting his own kids to be shot by an officer fulfilling a stop-and-frisk requirement and ended with Jews and Arabs together celebrating a “Seder in the Streets” linking the Exodus story to the struggle against discriminatory policing and surveillance of Muslim communities.

In the world of Floyd v. City of New York – where it’s the NYPD that has to account for its behavior – it was just another (extraordinary) day. Officer Adhyl Polanco continued his testimony today and CCR lawyers also introduced tapes Polanco had made of precinct roll calls that further support his testimony that the NYPD “wants numbers at all costs.” Polanco asserted that the message officers received was that if they saw a group of Black or Latino kids on a corner they were to stop them and even if there were doing nothing wrong, “handcuff the kids anyway.” “We are illegally stopping and illegally frisking young Black and Hispanic people,” Polanco said flatly.

It was an intense day for those in the court – which was packed by members of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and the Arab American Association of New York, a powerful community presence – because for many it confirmed the reality of stop and frisk as they and their neighbors have experienced it. Polanco was followed by a second whistleblower officer, Pedro Serrano, the majority of whose testimony the court will hear tomorrow. In the 40 minutes Serrano was in the stand, he described some of the retaliation he faced for speaking to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau. In one instance, he returned to the precinct to find his locker had been emptied and its contents replaced by stickers of rodents. Serrrano’s testimony will continue tomorrow, and the Schoolcraft tapes we mentioned yesterday are also expected to be introduced.

Stay informed by texting: FLOYD to 877-877 & make sure to follow @changethenypd @theCCR #NYPDonTrial and #ChangetheNYPD

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Floyd Day 2

Posted on 03/20/2013 @ 04:46 PM

3/19/13: Told to Make Stop-and-Frisk Numbers or become a pizza delivery man, officer testifies

Day 2 of the historic Floyd v. City of New York trial began with ongoing testimony from CCR witnesses who have been illegally stopped and frisked by the NYPD. These included Deon Dennis and Nicholas Peart.

Peart testified at length and was extensively and aggressively cross-examined by the city’s lawyer. He talked about numerous stops and their effect on him; about having the NYPD go through his pocket and then through his wallet; and about leaving the gym – the one thing he does for himself – and having the police stop him. He became teary-eyed at one point when recounting a stop during which the police went into his building with his keys and he was afraid for his younger siblings who were alone in the apartment, not sure what the police might do to them and unable to protect them in that moment. Peart has been the guardian of his three siblings since their mother’s death.

The city’s lawyer asked him if he felt like he lived in a high-crime neighborhood. “I don’t know,” Peart replied. “Compared to what?” He went on to observe that it seemed to him like the NYPD was in Harlem to protect rising housing values, not residents like him. Peart was followed by the first of CCR’s NYPD witnesses, a whistleblower officer named Adhyl Polanco. Polanco testified about his experience of numbers-driven mandates from his superior officers. The NYPD cares only about how many arrests, how many summons and how many UF 250s officers made, he said (the UF 250 is the form police fill out after a stop and frisk). Polanco reported that officers were expected to make certain numbers of stops, summons and arrests per month, that those numbers were non-negotiable, and that there were significant consequences for not making the numbers. The consequences ranged from being denied overtime, having one’s tour (shift) changed, or being subjected to performance monitoring. He testified that if an officer’s numbers were too low, a sergeant would ride with him or her and point out people on the street and order the officer to stop them – for no other reason than to log a certain number of stops.

One supervisor told Polanco that if he didn’t make his numbers, “you’ll become a pizza delivery man.” Community members packed the courtroom as on the first day, and New York Communities for Change and Voices of Community Activist and Leaders (VOCAL-NY) held a press conference in support. Press attention continued to be significant. Officer Polanco will continue his testimony tomorrow, and a second whistleblower officer, Pedro Serrano, is also expected to be on the witness stand. In addition, CCR plans to introduce as evidence some of the tapes made by Adrian Schoolcraft, the police officer that recorded hundreds of hours of precinct rolls calls, conversations with supervisors and street encounters, later given to the Village Voice. They reveal, among other things, pressure on officers to make stop-and-frisk quotas.

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Floyd Day 1

Posted on 03/19/2013 @ 06:08 PM

Floyd Trial: Day 1

Please share indiscriminately: http://ccrjustice.org/floyd-trial-updates


Text: FLOYD to 877-877 to receive daily updates on the case.

3/18/13: Historic Trial Underway

The courtroom was packed and the overflow room was, well, overflowing. So much so that the court had to set up a second overflow room to accommodate the hundreds of New Yorkers who came down to the federal courthouse to see for themselves this day when the NYPD went on trial. “This trial is 14 years in the making,” said CCR’s Darius Charney, the lead attorney in the case, during his opening statement. “Plaintiffs are seeking at long last to hold the NYPD accountable” for years of illegal stops and frisks.

The morning consisted of each side’s opening argument. Charney laid out CCR’s case, giving an overview of how the stop-and-frisk program violates the Fourth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act. After that, two of the city’s lawyers presented their case.

At lunch, CCR Executive Director Vince Warren led off a press conference sponsored by the Communities United for Police Reform coalition that CCR is centrally involved in. Rev. Jesse Jackson, NYC Comptroller John Liu and a host of City Council members, including Jumaane Williams, Tish James, Robert Jackson, Melissa mark Viverito and Brad Lander, were also on hand to lend their support to this “historic” case – perhaps the most frequently repeated word of the day.

Back in court in the afternoon, CCR’s first two witnesses took the stand. Devin Almonor was 13 when you was stopped and cried when he was handcuffed. “I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” he told the court. David Floyd relayed his experience: “I felt frustrated, humiliated. It was on my own block, I wasn’t doing anything, I was just heading home.”

Floyd will be in the witness stand again in the morning, on cross examination. Deon Dennis and Nicholas Peart are both expected to testify about their experiences of being stopped. And two whistleblower officers, Adhyl Polanco and Pedro Serrano, are scheduled to testify to the existence of stop-and-frisk quotas.

Camera crews and reporters were on hand all day today, and the case has gotten significant media attention building up to this opening day. It was in today’s New York Times and on NPR’s Morning Edition, among more than a dozen other news stories. And if you didn’t see it last week, check out Vince Warren’s takedown of the NYPD’s talking points on MSNBC.com.

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Human Chain for the DREAM

Posted on 03/18/2013 @ 11:41 PM

Tags: Immigration Legislation, Advocacy, New York State

Dear Advocates,

For the past two years, the New York State Youth Leadership Council, the only undocumented youth-led nonprofit in NY State has been advocating for the New York DREAM Act, a bill that would allow undocumented youth in NY to access financial aid for higher education purposes. One of the key people who can make the New York DREAM Act a reality is Governor Cuomo, who has the ability to include the bill in his executive budget which is being finalized next week. Right now, it seems that he is not convinced that including the NY DREAM Act in his budget is the right thing to do, so we need to be united and strong in our demand that he do the right thing and allow young, promising people in NY State to access financial aid.

We believe that the best way to get his attention is by holding a human chain around his midtown New York City office (633 Third Avenue) on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 1:00-1:30pm.

A human chain is a safe and effective way to show Governor Cuomo that we are united as advocates who believe that all people, regardless of their immigration status, have the right to go to college and realize their full potential. We intend to surround the block where his office is located and to do that, we really need everyone to join hands with us and make this final push. We have days now to get Governor Cuomo to realize that including the NY DREAM Act in the budget is the right thing to do and need to keep up the pressure now.

We know that this is very short notice, however, there is still time to act to convince Governor Cuomo that this is the right thing to do. Passing the NY DREAM Act would change the lives of thousands of young, promising people in NY who dream of going to college. Will you join us?

I've attached a flier to the event and the facebook link for the event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/374492959330564/

If you have any questions, please e-mail me directly at razeen@nysylc.org

All the best,

Razeen and the NYSYLC team

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Take Action Thursday: New York DREAM Act

Posted on 03/14/2013 @ 10:23 AM

The New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo are currently in budget negations that are expected to end as soon as this Friday.  The Assembly has included $25 million in its budget to fund the New York State DREAM Act, which would open up tuition assistance for higher education to undocumented youth.  

The Senate did not include this amount in its budget bill, and Governor Cuomo has been silent on the DREAM Act since its introduction in 2011.  

We need to urge the Governor and Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos to follow the Assembly’s lead and include the DREAM Act in the state budget so that all New Yorkers’ dreams of higher education can come true. 

Now is the time for action!

Join the New York State DREAM Coalition to take action and tell Governor Cuomo:Your Silence is Killing our DREAMs! PUT THE DREAM ACT IN THE BUDGET!

There are many ways you can show support:
Join us TOMORROW at a rally and press conference  at Governor Cuomo's NYC Office

Thursday, March 14th

12:30pm

Governor Cuomo’s New York City Office

633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets) NY, NY

https://www.facebook.com/events/152030841628143

Download flyer here.Take a minute to pick up the phone and CALL GOVERNOR CUOMO!

Please make this quick and important phone call:            Governor Cuomo: (518)474-8390 option #2

SCRIPT FOR DREAM CALL:
"Hi, my name is ______ and I live in ______. I'm calling to urge Governor Cuomo to include the New York DREAM Act, which opens up the Tuition Assistance Program to undocumented youth, in the final New York State budget this year."

Join us at the Next New York State DREAM Coalition Meeting


NYS DREAM Coalition Meeting

Thursday, March 14th 2013
 6:00pm
32BJ 25 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) NY, NY

Take Action on Social Media!

Sample FB post:

Governor Cuomo is killing our DREAMs. The New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo are currently in budget negations that are expected to end as soon as this Friday. The Assembly has included $25 million in its budget to fund the New York State DREAM Act, which would open up tuition assistance for higher education to undocumented youth. The Senate did not include this amount in its budget bill, and Governor Cuomo has been silent on the DREAM Act since its introduction in 2011. We need to urge the Governor and Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos to follow the Assembly’s lead and include the DREAM Act in the state budget so that all New Yorkers’ dreams of higher education can come true. Now is the time for action! Join us and let Cuomo know that his silence is killing our DREAMs.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/152030841628143

Tweets to Send Out!

Your silence is killing our DREAMs @NYGovCuomo! Include the #NY DREAM Act #TAP in the final New York State budget this year. #NYSDreamAct


URGENT: call @NYGovCuomo (518-474-8390) @JeffKleinNY (518-455-3595) @SenatorSkelos (518-455-3171) to put #NYSDreamAct in the budget


TAKE ACTION: @NYGovCuomo @JeffKleinNY @SenatorSkelos put the #NYSDREAMact in the budget so all NY’ers dreams of higher education can come true.


TAKE ACTION: @NYGovCuomo @JeffKleinNY @SenatorSkelos put  #NYSDREAMact in the budget so all NY’ers dreams of higher education can come true.


Reality is many #undocumented youth cant achieve higher-ed goals bc of  #immigration status. @NYGovCuomo include #NYSDreamAct in Budget!


While the debate in DC drags on, #NY @NYGovCuomo @SenatorSkelos must take the lead & allow #DREAMers to fulfill their educational goals! 


Take Action: Call & Tweet @NYGovCuomo (518-474-8390) & urge him to include #NYSDREAMAct in final #NYSBudget!


Take Action: Call & Tweet @SenatorSkelos (518-455-3171) & urge him to include #NYSDREAMAct in final #NYSBudget!


Take Action: Call & Tweet @JeffKleinNY (518-455-3595) & urge him to include #NYSDREAMAct in final #NYSBudget!


Take Action and help us tell @NYGovCuomo @JeffkleinNY @SenatorSkelos to include the #NYSDreamAct in the final #NYSBudget! Get involved
http://ow.ly/iVca0

Take Action! Tell @NYGovCuomo @JeffkleinNY @SenatorSkelos to include the #NYSDreamAct in final #NYSBudget! Join us!
http://ow.ly/iVca0

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NYPD on Trial: Floyd vs. City of New York

Posted on 03/14/2013 @ 12:24 AM

Tags: Police Reform, Advocacy

Starting on March 18, it will be the people of New York who will have their day in court and the NYPD that will be held accountable for its actions. The long-awaited trial challenging the constitutionality of the NYPD’s racially-discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices will take place in federal court in New York.

The class-action suit, Floyd v. City of New York, is brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are illegally stopped each year by police officers as part of this longstanding, controversial practice.

The Floyd trial is at the center of what has become a citywide movement to end racially discriminatory policing and the siege of black and brown neighborhoods by the NYPD.

That movement began in response to the horrific 1997 shooting of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed black man standing in the doorway of his own apartment who was mowed down in a hail of 41 NYPD bullets. Part of that response was CCR’s landmark case Daniels v. City of New York, filed in 1999 and settled in 2003. Daniels led to the disbanding of the infamous NYPD Street Crimes Unit.

It also required the city to provide quarterly stop-and-frisk data to CCR, which led to the development of the Floyd case when it became clear the City was not abiding by the settlement and that the number of unconstitutional stops had grown exponentially.

Floyd brings full circle the movement that began in 1997, when thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets chanting “it’s a wallet, not a gun” – a reference to Diallo’s fatal attempt to show police his ID and an encapsulation of all that is wrong about the racially biased practices of the NYPD.

Help us pack the courtroom on March 18 for the start of this historic trial!

Follow this link for additional details: http://ccrjustice.org/floydtrial

Check out CCR's stop and frisk website to learn more about the human impact of discriminatory policing: http://stopandfrisk.org/

Learn more about the lawsuit at: http://www.ccrjustice.org/floyd

Follow us along on Twitter and join the conversation with #ChangetheNYPD #NYPDonTrial.

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SEPA Mujer Women Rights Day

Posted on 03/07/2013 @ 06:11 PM

Support SEPA Mujer on International Women'sDay

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New York DREAM Act Lobby Day

Posted on 03/05/2013 @ 12:18 PM

The New York DREAMers and New York State Youth Leadership Council is in Albany today lobbying for the New York DREAM Act and they could use our help. Don't worry if you couldn't make it today because there is something that you can do to support their efforts at home.

SHOW Your Support For The New York DREAM Act.

Take a picture with a poster saying any of the following:

"I support the NY Dream Act" 

"I support state financial aid for ALL."

SHARE  it with your social networks and use hashtag #IloveNYDA, #undocumented, tweet @NYSYLC.

TWEET THIS & Attach your picture:
 
"I support state financial aid for ALL, will you @GovCuomo? #IloveNYDA #undocumented @NYSYLC"

"I support the New York DREAM Act and I urge you to support it too @SenatorSkelos #undocumented #IloveNYDA @NYSYLC!"

"We need you @JeffKleinNY to support Financial Aid for all in New York! Support the New York DREAM Act! #IloveNYDA #undocumented @nysylc"

Call These Legislators

Senator Dean Skelos (R)- 9th district- Albany office: 518-455-3171

Senator Jeffrey D. Klein (D)- 34th district- Albany office: 518-455-3595

Governor Cuomo- Albany office: 518-474-8390

SCRIPT

"Hello, my name is_____. I am calling to ask for your support to pass state financial aid for all New York youth. Undocumented youth deserve a chance to continue their higher education dreams. TAP into the future!. Thanks."   

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Meet Our 2013 Spring Interns

Posted on 03/01/2013 @ 04:15 PM

Each semester we have a great group of legal interns that assist the Legal Department. This year, we have another great group and we want to introduce them to you! We asked them some tough questions but they all made it through our intense questioning process!

Say hello to our LJP Spring interns!


Christine Ortiz

Christine G. Ortiz is a third-year law student at City University of New York School of Law. Currently, Ms. Ortiz serves as the Executive Article Editor of the City University of New York Law Review, Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Latin American Law Students Association and Vice Chair of the National Latina/o Law Students Association.

Ms. Ortiz received her B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York, with a double major in Latino Studies and International Law. While at Columbia, Ms. Ortiz organized and lead numerous student groups aimed at promoting the Latino community through outreach, community service, and awareness programming. At graduation, Ms. Ortiz was recognized as a Columbia College Senior Marshall, an honor bestowed upon graduating undergraduate students who have excelled in their academic and extracurricular activities at Columbia.

Ms. Ortiz spent the summer of 2012 as a legal intern at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in Washington, D.C. doing policy work, lobbying on Capitol Hill and writing international briefs on Human Rights Violations in Mexico. Ms. Ortiz spent the latter part of the summer with THINK, Inc. in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, working on Sexual/Gender-Based-Violence advocacy for ex-child combatants.

Currently, Ms. Ortiz is a student-attorney in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic working on the Human Trafficking Team. As part of this work, Ms. Ortiz is representing a client seeking post-conviction relief in NY State Court and engaging in advocacy before the UN Human Rights Committee as part of the US’s upcoming review for its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to encourage legislative efforts to address and prevent the re-victimization of trafficking victims by the criminal justice system. Concurrently, Ms. Ortiz has been a legal intern at LatinoJustice/PRLDEF since Fall 2012.


Iris Ventura

Iris Ventura is a first year law student at Seton Hall Law School. Her work focuses on International Law (refugees, immigration). Prior to going to law school, Ms. Ventura taught in Washington Heights for 7 years and has a Masters in Education


Celina Caban

Celina Caban, a second year law student at CUNY School of Law, was born and raised in the Bronx. As a A Better Chance (ABC) Scholar, she received an academic scholarship to attend the Chapin School, a college-preparatory, all-girls school. She went to Barnard College where she majored in Economic History, minored in Latin American Studies, and wrote her Senior Thesis on US Hispanic Consumption and Purchasing Power. In addition, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Brazil and Chile, and has held a number of leadership roles, including the 2006 Barnard Chair of Latino Heritage Month and Treasurer of Accion Boricua. For her contributions to Barnard, she was awarded the 2006 Student Leadership Award, 2007 Hispanic Scholarship Fund Award, and was chosen to deliver the 2008 Senior Reflection for Columbia University’s Latino Graduation. Before law school she worked as a paralegal with her father, Osvaldo Caban, CUNY Class of 1987, and at Health Plus HMO as a bilingual member representative. An active law student, Celina is on the board of LALSA, competing in the 2013 Hispanic National Board Association (HNBA) Moot Court Competition, previously coached by Professor Rivera, and is a staff member of CUNY’s Law Review. This past summer she had the honor of working with U.S. Magistrate Ronald Ellis and Natasha Bannan, CUNY Class of 2011; she was fortunate to receive the 2012 Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Student Scholarship to fund her work. Celina credits all of her growth and success to her close-knit Puerto Rican family, including her parents and younger sisters, Alexa, Chapin Class of 2015, and Bianca, Harvard Class of 2009.


Colleen Normile

Colleen Normile is in her final semester at the City University of New York School of Law. She’s currently in the Community & Economic Development Clinic, representing three restaurant workers who suffered years of wage theft at the hands of their employer. During law school, she was a Peggy Browning Fellow at the Workplace Project and spent a summer at the New York State Department of Labor. Before coming to law school, she was a paralegal at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, PA, helping to defend low-income homeowners against foreclosure and predatory lending. She also worked with the Fair Food Farmstand in Philadelphia which supported small farms in the region and volunteered at a low-income tax site designed to assist immigrant workers. She’s a 2006 graduate of Vassar College where she majored in Political Science.

Get to know Colleen: Where are you from? (Brooklyn, Colorado, Mexico, Panama?) Glenside, Pennsylvania

Why did you want to intern at LJP? I’m really inspired by LatinoJustice’s work, and had great interactions with current and former staff. I met Elizabeth Joynes while interning at the Workplace Project and studied Property under Jenny Rivera. I felt I needed to work with an organization that was full of so many great people!

Why do you want to be a lawyer? I’ve always wanted to engage in social justice work – I come from a middle class family, but can remember being troubled by the gross inequalities in our society even as a young child. I decided to pursue a legal career specifically after having worked in civil legal services and seeing how a lawyer could really shift the balance of power in a range of situations.

What is your favorite food to make? (Beware that we might make you cook it for us ) Grilled cheese sandwiches! They are so quick and yummy; they are my favorite comfort food!

What is a hidden talent? I cut hair.

What is your motto? Express yourself!

Mets or the Yankees? Phillies!


Natalie Ryan

I am currently a senior at Fordham University with a double major in Political Science and Theology.

Where are you from? I was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Long Island.

Why did you want to intern at LJP?I was very interested in interning at LJP because I have attended a few of their programs for undergraduates and thought it would be an amazing place to gain some experience.

Why do you want to be a lawyer? I have wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I can remember, probably because of my interest in government and politics.

What is your favorite food to make? When I am not studying or getting involved on campus I love to bake! My favorite thing to make is red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and most people do not know that I am really good at decorating cakes and cupcakes.

Mets or Yankees? As for baseball, I am not a Mets fan or a Yankees fan! I think baseball is the most boring sport to watch and am absolutely a football lover.

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VAWA Needs OUR Help

Posted on 02/27/2013 @ 09:17 PM

Our friends at The National Immigration Project at the National Lawyers Guild haves asked us for our help and we need you to help us ensure the rights of thousands of people with VAWA (Violence Against Women Act).

On THURSDAY, February 28th, the vote on the actual bill will occur. We want them to vote NO on the House substitute bill and YES on the Senate version of VAWA.

Your Congress Members are listening to you! We only have a few hours to act so please call today and tomorrow morning. Members must hear loud and clear that they need to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA! Your work has gotten us this far – let’s get this done!

URGENT ACTION ITEM:

Tweet the following Congress Members:

  • . @RepRichardHanna: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
  • . @RepMichaelGrimm: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
  • . @AERingel: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
  • . @RepChrisGibson: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
  • . @RepPeteKing: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA
  • . @RepTomReed: On 2/28 vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. #VAWA

If you want to CALL your Congress Member:

To reach your Congress Member, call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or look them up here http://www.house.gov/representatives/. When you’re connected to their offices, ask to speak to the staff person who handles VAWA.

MESSAGE:

I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________. I’m calling about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). I urge Congress Member ________ to vote NO on the House substitute bill and then vote YES on the bipartisan Senate version of S. 47. VAWA can and must protect all victims.


For more information, fact sheets, press coverage, support letters and updates: www.4vawa.org.

Follow @NTFVAWA on Twitter. Please tweet about VAWA using the #ReauthorizeVAWA, #RealVAWA and #VAWA and share!

For more info, go to www.4vawa.org

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White House Fact Sheet: Immigration Reform

Posted on 01/29/2013 @ 03:29 PM

FACT SHEET from White House: Fixing our Broken Immigration System so Everyone Plays by the Rules

The key principles the President believes should be included in commonsense immigration reform are:

Continuing to Strengthen Border Security: President Obama has doubled the number of Border Patrol agents since 2004 and today border security is stronger than it has ever been. But there is more work to do. The President’s proposal gives law enforcement the tools they need to make our communities safer from crime. And by enhancing our infrastructure and technology, the President’s proposal continues to strengthen our ability to remove criminals and apprehend and prosecute national security threats.

  • Cracking Down on Employers Hiring Undocumented Workers: Our businesses should only employ people legally authorized to work in the United States. Businesses that knowingly employ undocumented workers are exploiting the system to gain an advantage over businesses that play by the rules. The President’s proposal is designed to stop these unfair hiring practices and hold these companies accountable. At the same time, this proposal gives employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
  • Earned Citizenship: It is just not practical to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants living within our borders. The President’s proposal provides undocumented immigrants a legal way to earn citizenship that will encourage them to come out of the shadows so they can pay their taxes and play by the same rules as everyone else. Immigrants living here illegally must be held responsible for their actions by passing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, going to the back of the line, and learning English before they can earn their citizenship. There will be no uncertainty about their ability to become U.S. citizens if they meet these eligibility criteria. The proposal will also stop punishing innocent young people brought to the country through no fault of their own by their parents and give them a chance to earn their citizenship more quickly if they serve in the military or pursue higher education.
  • Streamlining Legal Immigration: Our immigration system should reward anyone who is willing to work hard and play by the rules. For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient. The President’s proposal attracts the best minds to America by providing visas to foreign entrepreneurs looking to start businesses here and helping the most promising foreign graduate students in science and math stay in this country after graduation, rather than take their skills to other countries. The President’s proposal will also reunify families in a timely and humane manner.

Continuing to Strengthen Border Security

  • Strengthen border security and infrastructure. The President’s proposal strengthens and improves infrastructure at ports of entry, facilitates public-private partnerships aimed at increasing investment in foreign visitor processing, and continues supporting the use of technologies that help to secure the land and maritime borders of the United States.
  • Combat transnational crime. The President’s proposal creates new criminal penalties dedicated to combating transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs, weapons, and money, and that smuggle people across the borders. It also expands the scope of current law to allow for the forfeiture of these organizations’ criminal tools and proceeds. Through this approach, we will bolster our efforts to deprive criminal enterprises, including those operating along the Southwest border, of their infrastructure and profits.
  • Improve partnerships with border communities and law enforcement. The President’s proposal expands our ability to work with our cross-border law enforcement partners. Community trust and cooperation are keys to effective law enforcement. To this end, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will establish border community liaisons along the Southern and Northern borders to improve communication and collaboration with border communities, boost funding to tribal government partners to reduce illegal activity on tribal lands, and strengthen training on civil rights and civil liberties for DHS immigration officers.
  • Crack down on criminal networks engaging in passport and visa fraud and human smuggling. The President’s proposal creates tough criminal penalties for trafficking in passports and immigration documents and schemes to defraud, including those who prey on vulnerable immigrants through notario fraud. It also strengthens penalties to combat human smuggling rings.
  • Deporting Criminals. The President’s proposal expands smart enforcement efforts that target convicted criminals in federal or state correctional facilities, allowing us to remove them from the United States at the end of their sentences without re-entering our communities. At the same time, it protects those with a credible fear of returning to their home countries.
  • Streamline removal of nonimmigrant national security and public safety threats. The President’s proposal creates a streamlined administrative removal process for people who overstay their visas and have been determined to be threats to national security and public safety.
  • Improve our nation’s immigration courts. The President’s proposal invests in our immigration courts. By increasing the number of immigration judges and their staff, investing in training for court personnel, and improving access to legal information for immigrants, these reforms will improve court efficiency. It allows DHS to better focus its detention resources on public safety and national security threats by expanding alternatives to detention and reducing overall detention costs. It also provides greater protections for those least able to represent themselves.

Cracking Down on Employers Who Hire Undocumented Workers

  • Mandatory, phased-in electronic employment verification. The President’s proposal provides tools for employers to ensure a legal workforce by using federal government databases to verify that the people they hire are eligible to work in the United States. Penalties for hiring undocumented workers are significantly increased, and new penalties are established for committing fraud and identity theft. The new mandatory program ensures the privacy and confidentiality of all workers’ personal information and includes important procedural protections. Mandatory electronic employment verification would be phased in over five years with exemptions for certain small businesses.
  • Combat fraud and identity theft. The proposal also mandates a fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant Social Security card and requires workers to use fraud-and tamper-resistant documents to prove authorization to work in the United States. The proposal also seeks to establish a voluntary pilot program to evaluate new methods to authenticate identity and combat identity theft.

    Protections for all workers. The President’s proposal protects workers against retaliation for exercising their labor rights. It increases the penalties for employers who hire undocumented workers to skirt the workplace standards that protect all workers. And it creates a “labor law enforcement fund” to help ensure that industries that employ significant numbers of immigrant workers comply with labor laws.

Pathway to Earned Citizenship

  • Create a provisional legal status. Undocumented immigrants must come forward and register, submit biometric data, pass criminal background and national security checks, and pay fees and penalties before they will be eligible for a provisional legal status. Agricultural workers and those who entered the United States as children would be eligible for the same program. Individuals must wait until the existing legal immigration backlogs are cleared before getting in line to apply for lawful permanent residency (i.e. a “green card”), and ultimately United States citizenship. Consistent with current law, people with provisional legal status will not be eligible for welfare or other federal benefits, including subsidies or tax credits under the new health care law.
  • Create strict requirements to qualify for lawful permanent resident status. Those applying for green cards must pay their taxes, pass additional criminal background and national security checks, register for Selective Service (where applicable), pay additional fees and penalties, and learn English and U.S. civics. As under current law, five years after receiving a green card, individuals will be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship like every other legal permanent resident.
  • Earned citizenship for DREAMers. Children brought here illegally through no fault of their own by their parents will be eligible for earned citizenship. By going to college or serving honorably in the Armed Forces for at least two years, these children should be given an expedited opportunity to earn their citizenship. The President’s proposal brings these undocumented immigrants out of the shadows.
  • Create administrative and judicial review. An individual whose provisional lawful status has been revoked or denied, or whose application for adjustment has been denied, will have the opportunity to seek administrative and judicial review of those decisions.
  • Provide new resources to combat fraud. The President’s proposal authorizes funding to enable DHS, the Department of State, and other relevant federal agencies to establish fraud prevention programs that will provide training for adjudicators, allow regular audits of applications to identify patterns of fraud and abuse, and incorporate other proven fraud prevention measures.

Streamlining Legal Immigration

  • Keep Families Together. The proposal seeks to eliminate existing backlogs in the family-sponsored immigration system by recapturing unused visas and temporarily increasing annual visa numbers. The proposal also raises existing annual country caps from 7 percent to 15 percent for the family-sponsored immigration system. It also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner. The proposal also revises current unlawful presence bars and provides broader discretion to waive bars in cases of hardship.
  • Cut Red Tape for Employers. The proposal also eliminates the backlog for employment-sponsored immigration by eliminating annual country caps and adding additional visas to the system. Outdated legal immigration programs are reformed to meet current and future demands by exempting certain categories from annual visa limitations.
  • Enhance travel and tourism. The Administration is committed to increasing U.S. travel and tourism by facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining our nation’s security. Consistent with the President’s Executive Order on travel and tourism, the President’s proposal securely streamlines visa and foreign visitor processing. It also strengthens law enforcement cooperation while maintaining the program’s robust counterterrorism and criminal information sharing initiatives. It facilitates more efficient travel by allowing greater flexibility to designate countries for participation in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of designated countries to visit the United States without obtaining a visa. And finally it permits the State Department to waive interview requirements for certain very low-risk visa applicants, permitting resources to be focused on higher risk applicants and creates a pilot for premium visa processing.
  • Staple” green cards to advanced STEM diplomas. The proposal encourages foreign graduate students educated in the United States to stay here and contribute to our economy by “stapling” a green card to the diplomas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD and Master’s Degree graduates from qualified U.S. universities who have found employment in the United States. It also requires employers to pay a fee that will support education and training to grow the next generation of American workers in STEM careers.
  • Create a “startup visa” for job-creating entrepreneurs. The proposal allows foreign entrepreneurs who attract financing from U.S. investors or revenue from U.S. customers to start and grow their businesses in the United States, and to remain permanently if their companies grow further, create jobs for American workers, and strengthen our economy.
  • Expand opportunities for investor visas and U.S. economic development. The proposal permanently authorizes immigrant visa opportunities for regional center (pooled investment) programs; provides incentives for visa requestors to invest in programs that support national priorities, including economic development in rural and economically depressed regions ; adds new measures to combat fraud and national security threats; includes data collection on economic impact; and creates a pilot program for state and local government officials to promote economic development.
  • Create a new visa category for employees of federal national security science and technology laboratories. The proposal creates a new visa category for a limited number of highly-skilled and specialized immigrants to work in federal science and technology laboratories on critical national security needs after being in the United States. for two years and passing rigorous national security and criminal background checks.
  • Better addresses humanitarian concerns. The proposal streamlines immigration law to better protect vulnerable immigrants, including those who are victims of crime and domestic violence. It also better protects those fleeing persecution by eliminating the existing limitations that prevent qualified individuals from applying for asylum.
  • Encourage integration. The proposal promotes earned citizenship and efforts to integrate immigrants into their new American communities linguistically, civically, and economically.

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Gang of 8 Bipartisan Framework for Immigration Reform

Posted on 01/28/2013 @ 11:22 AM

Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake

Introduction

We recognize that our immigration system is broken. And while border security has improved significantly over the last two Administrations, we still don’t have a functioning immigration system. This has created a situation where up to 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the shadows. Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration system, while creating a tough but fair legalization program for individuals who are currently here. We will ensure that this is a successful permanent reform to our immigration system that will not need to be revisited.

Four Basic Legislative Pillars:

  1. Create a tough but fair path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country when required;
  2. Reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families;
  3. Create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity theft and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers; and,
  4. Establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation’s workforce needs, while simultaneously protecting all workers.

I. Creating a Path to Citizenship for Unauthorized Immigrants Already Herethat is Contingent Upon Securing the Border and Combating Visa Overstays

Our legislation will provide a tough, fair, and practical roadmap to address the status of unauthorized immigrants in the United States that is contingent upon our success in securing our borders and addressing visa overstays.

  • To fulfill the basic governmental function of securing our borders, we will continue the increased efforts of the Border Patrol by providing them with the latest technology, infrastructure, and personnel needed to prevent, detect, and apprehend every unauthorized entrant.
  • Additionally, our legislation will increase the number of unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance equipment, improve radio interoperability and increase the number of agents at and between ports of entry. The purpose is to substantially lower the number of successful illegal border crossings while continuing to facilitate commerce.
  • We will strengthen prohibitions against racial profiling and inappropriate use of force, enhance the training of border patrol agents, increase oversight, and create a mechanism to ensure a meaningful opportunity for border communities to share input, including critiques.
  • Our legislation will require the completion of an entry-exit system that tracks whether all persons entering the United States on temporary visas via airports and seaports have left the country as required by law.
  • We recognize that Americans living along the Southwest border are key to recognizing and understanding when the border is truly secure. Our legislation will create a commission comprised of governors, attorneys general, and community leaders living along the Southwest border to monitor the progress of securing our border and to make a recommendation regarding when the bill’s security measures outlined in the legislation are completed.
  • While these security measures are being put into place, we will simultaneously require those who came or remained in the United States without our permission to register with the government. This will include passing a background check and settling their debt to society by paying a fine and back taxes, in order to earn probationary legal status, which will allow them to live and work legally in the United States. Individuals with a serious criminal background or others who pose a threat to our national security will be ineligible for legal status and subject to deportation. Illegal immigrants who have committed serious crimes face immediate deportation.
  • We will demonstrate our commitment to securing our borders and combating visa overstays by requiring our proposed enforcement measures be complete before any immigrant on probationary status can earn a green card
  • Current restrictions preventing non-immigrants from accessing federal public benefits will also apply to lawful probationary immigrants.
  • Once the enforcement measures have been completed, individuals with probationary legal status will be required to go to the back of the line of prospective immigrants, pass an additional background check, pay taxes, learn English and civics, demonstrate a history of work in the United States, and current employment, among other requirements, in order to earn the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent residency. Those individuals who successfully complete these requirements can eventually earn a green card.
  • Individuals who are present without lawful status - not including people within the two categories identified below - will only receive a green card after every individual who is already waiting in line for a green card, at the time this legislation is enacted, has received their green card. Our purpose is to ensure that no one who has violated America’s immigration laws will receive preferential treatment as they relate to those individuals who have complied with the law.
  • Our legislation also recognizes that the circumstances and the conduct of people without lawful status are not the same, and cannot be addressed identically.
  • For instance, individuals who entered the United States as minor children did not knowingly choose to violate any immigration laws. Consequently, under our proposal these individuals will not face the same requirements as other individuals in order to earn a path to citizenship.
  • Similarly, individuals who have been working without legal status in the United States agricultural industry have been performing very important and difficult work to maintain America’s food supply while earning subsistence wages. Due to the utmost importance in our nation maintaining the safety of its food supply, agricultural workers who commit to the long term stability of our nation’s agricultural industries will be treated differently than the rest of the undocumented population because of the role they play in ensuring that Americans have safe and secure agricultural products to sell and consume. These individuals will earn a path to citizenship through a different process under our new agricultural worker program.

II. Improving our Legal Immigration System and Attracting the World’s Bestand Brightest

  • The development of a rational legal immigration system is essential to ensuring America’s future economic prosperity. Our failure to act is perpetuating a broken system which sadly discourages the world’s best and brightest citizens from coming to the United States and remaining in our country to contribute to our economy. This failure makes a legal path to entry in the United States insurmountably difficult for well-meaning immigrants. This unarguably discourages innovation and economic growth. It has also created substantial visa backlogs which force families to live apart, which incentivizes illegal immigration.
  • Our new immigration system must be more focused on recognizing the important characteristics which will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Additionally, we must reduce backlogs in the family and employment visa categories so that future immigrants view our future legal immigration system as the exclusive means for entry into the United States.
  • The United States must do a better job of attracting and keeping the world’s best and brightest. As such, our immigration proposal will award a green card to immigrants who have received a PhD or Master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math from an American university. It makes no sense to educate the world’s future innovators and entrepreneurs only to ultimately force them to leave our country at the moment they are most able to contribute to our economy.

III. Strong Employment Verification

  • We recognize that undocumented immigrants come to the United States almost exclusively for jobs. As such, dramatically reducing future illegal immigration can only be achieved by developing a tough, fair, effective and mandatory employment verification system. An employment verification system must hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring undocumented workers and make it more difficult for unauthorized immigrants to falsify documents to obtain employment. Employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers must face stiff fines and criminal penalties for egregious offenses.
  • We believe the federal government must provide U.S. employers with a fast and reliable method to confirm whether new hires are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is essential to ensure the effective enforcement of immigration laws.
  • Our proposal will create an effective employment verification system which prevents identity theft and ends the hiring of future unauthorized workers. We believe requiring prospective workers to demonstrate both legal status and identity, through non-forgeable electronic means prior to obtaining employment, is essential to an employee verification system; and,
  • The employee verification system in our proposal will be crafted with procedural safeguards to protect American workers, prevent identity theft, and provide due process protections.

IV. Admitting New Workers and Protecting Workers’ Rights

  • The overwhelming majority of the 327,000 illegal entrants apprehended by CBP in FY2011 were seeking employment in the United States. We recognize that to prevent future waves of illegal immigration a humane and effective system needs to be created for these immigrant workers to enter the country and find employment without seeking the aid of human traffickers or drug cartels.
  • Our proposal will provide businesses with the ability to hire lower-skilled workers in a timely manner when Americans are unavailable or unwilling to fill those jobs.

Our legislation would:

  • Allow employers to hire immigrants if it can be demonstrated that they were unsuccessful in recruiting an American to fill an open position and the hiring of an immigrant will not displace American workers;
  • Create a workable program to meet the needs of America’s agricultural industry, including dairy to find agricultural workers when American workers are not available to fill open positions;
  • Allow more lower-skilled immigrants to come here when our economy is creating jobs, and fewer when our economy is not creating jobs;
  • Protect workers by ensuring strong labor protections; and,
  • Permit workers who have succeeded in the workplace and contributed to their communities over many years to earn green cards.

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Albany Rally to Raise New York’s Minimum Wage

Posted on 01/25/2013 @ 01:48 PM

What: Albany Rally to Raise New York’s Minimum Wage

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

10:00 AM Meet Outside Westminster Presbyterian Church 262 State Street, Albany, New York 12210

11:00 AM Procession to the Capitol (Enter on State Street)

12:00 PM Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage on the Million Dollar Staircase


Can't attend the rally? Sign the petition to Governor Cuomo & the New York State Legislature and tell them it's time to raise the wages. Share on twitter with #raisethewage.


At $7.25 per hour, New York’s minimum wage remains decades out of date.

Governor Cuomo recently called for raising New York's minimum wage to $8.75 per hour in his State of the State address, declaring that "the current minimum wage is unlivable." Now is the time for the Senate and Assembly to move forward to raise New York's minimum wage to at least $8.75 per hour, with indexing to establish annual increases that keep pace with the cost of living.

Please join faith leaders, low-wage workers, and community members for a rally in Albany to:

  • Deliver thousands of signatures from across the state calling on Albany leaders to raise New York’s minimum wage
  • Visit the offices of key Senate lawmakers to lobby on behalf of New York’s lowest-paid workers

New York’s lowest-paid workers cannot wait any longer. It’s time to raise and index the minimum wage in New York.

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NALEO Is Looking for Digital Engagement Interns

Posted on 01/24/2013 @ 04:18 PM

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund was established in 1981 to promote the participation of Latinos in the nation’s civic life. NALEO Educational Fund carries out this mission by developing and implementing programs that promote the integration of Latino immigrants into American society, providing assistance and training to the nation’s Latino elected and appointed officials, and conducting research on issues important to the Latino population.

NALEO Educational Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a 15-member Board of Directors and a 28-member Board of Advisors. Both Boards are composed of Members of Congress, state and local elected officials, and corporate leaders from across the country. NALEO Educational Fund maintains offices in Los Angeles, Houston, Washington D.C., Orlando, and New York City.

Program
The Civic Engagement Department seeks to achieve the full participation of Latinos in the American political process by building a culture of civic participation through a sustained national infrastructure that informs, engages, and mobilizes the Latino community. We achieve this by promoting naturalization and electoral participation and by working through local, regional, and national strategic partnerships in order to make civic participation accessible to all Latinos. Position

The Digital Engagement Interns will support NALEO Educational Fund’s efforts to build its digital profile, particularly its Civic Engagement initiatives; including support/development of its social media, e-communications, and website. The intern will assist with identifying opportunities to increase engagement with online stakeholders and supporters; identify research, reports and news relevant to the department’s initiatives; updating the organization and campaign’s online profiles; research effective and innovative online practices/emerging trends; and actively participate in strategic discussions. The intern should have a deep familiarity with social media; an interest or background in communications and/or politics; and an interest in creative storytelling for the purpose of political or social action.

Working hours per week vary depending on availability, with a minimum of 12 hours per week preferred. This is an unpaid position. Should applicants wish to receive academic credit for their service they must consult with their academic institution to determine expectations and requirements. One position is available in each of the organization’s Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City offices.

Qualifications
Applicants should be undergraduate or graduate students with interest in issues relating to civic engagement, advancement of the Latino community, non-profits, and/or politics.

  • Able to manage multiple tasks/projects, possess good written and verbal communication skills, show strong attention to detail, and exhibit a professional demeanor in the office environment.
  • Self-motivated and extremely organized, comfortable with developing and building relationships.  Spanish fluency strongly preferred but not required.
  • Comfortable with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus, Tumblr, etc.).
  • Intern must demonstrate an aptitude for creative thinking, and developing opportunities and methods to engage with online supporters. Ability to work respectfully with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Supportive of the NALEO Educational Fund mission and philosophy.

For more information and to apply visit the NALEO site.

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Training for DREAMers & Youth on Lobbying

Posted on 01/22/2013 @ 03:59 PM

Now that the President's inauguration is over, let's get ready to fight for immigration reform! More than ever, the DREAM movement needs to remind Congress that our community is demanding a humane and modern immigration system that will not break families apart. And it is YOU that needs to send that message to your senator and representative! LEARN HOW TO TAKE ACTION AND LOBBY FOR YOUR COMMUNITY!

ON FEB. 5th at 8pm ET DRM WILL HOST A DYNAMIC WEBINAR TRAINING ON:

IMPORTANCE OF LOBBYING FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

INTRO TO LEGISLATIVE PROCESS:
CONGRESS EXPLAINED:
1) STRUCTURE;
2) BASIC HOUSE AND SENATE DIFFERENCES;
3) PASSING A BILL & PROCEDURE; 
4) CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE STRUCTURE

CONGRESSIONAL OFFICE STRUCTURE LOBBYING:
A) UNDERSTANDING FACTORS THAT SHAPE PUBLIC POLICY;
B) RESEARCH SOURCES
C) PLANNING AN EFFECTIVE LOBBYING CAMPAIGN;
D) FACE TO FACE MEETINGS;
E) DRM LEGISLATIVE PACKET

Sign Up HERE! There's no charge to attend, but if you've got a few dollars to help support DRM, they will be accepting donations through the DRM website.

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Rally for Immigrant Rights in Long Island-January 22nd

Posted on 01/18/2013 @ 11:07 AM

Join us and other community organizations, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11am to send a message to congress and President Obama on comprehensive immigration reform. The time is now and we need them to step up and move forward. Our families can no longer wait and our DREAMers are still being attacked. Join us online for the virtual Twitter Rally at 11am. Follow us on Twitter @LatinoJustice or follow #LIISA!

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