LJP News & Events February 13, 2013

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Latin@s At Work- Employment Agency Abuse Project

Low-wage immigrant workers must frequently rely on employment agencies to find employment, and those agencies generally charge high fees for their services. Unfortunately, agencies often take advantage of and defraud workers. They charge exorbitant fees for unfulfilled services, knowingly place workers in jobs that violate labor laws, and engage in wage theft. The Employment Agency Abuse Project aims to hold agencies accountable for abusive and exploitative practices . In November 2012, Laura Huizar, our Equal Justice Works Fellow, gave a know-your-rights presentation at Make the Road New York (MRNY) about workers’ employment agency rights. After the presentation, a group of workers approached Laura because they had an employment agency problem. An employment agency sent them to work for a Manhattan construction company and promised to pay them their wages. However, after working a few weeks, the employment agency refused to pay them for their work and owed the group more than $2,400. The group consulted with Laura about their rights and made plans to take action. Feeling empowered, the group then notified the employment agency that they were all members of MRNY and that they had found legal assistance. In response, the employment agency immediately paid the workers all of their owed wages. The Employment Agency Abuse Project continues to reach out to community organizations like MRNY and workers in order to hold agencies like the one in this case accountable. Laura’s Equal Justice Works fellowship is sponsored by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Learn more about our Employment Agency Abuse Project.

Calling All Latina Trailblazers!

Calling all Latina Trailblazers! We invite you to nominate a Latina to receive the 2013 LatinoJustice PRLDEF Latina Trailblazers Award at our Fourth Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast, taking place June 2013 in New York City.

Exact date to be announced. The Latina Trailblazers Breakfast was created to commemorate the legacy of Sonia V. Sotomayor, first Latina U.S. Supreme Court Justice and a former Board member of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, by recognizing the unique achievements of Latinas both professionally and in the community.

Candidates may reside anywhere in the United States and must have the following qualifications:

Must have achieved special and/or unique distinction professionally. For example, 2012 Latina Trailblazer Alma Guajardo Crossley serves as the high profile Director of Diversity Initiatives at General Motors and at the same event we honored Sonia Manzano for her groundbreaking role as a Latina role model on Sesame Street.

Should be active in community and/or public interest pursuits that advance social justice and/or civil rights causes. 2011 honoree Sylvia Mendez received the Pioneer Award at the Latina Trailblazers Breakfast for her lifetime of civil rights work and her seminal role as the subject of the precedent setting Mendez v. Westminster case, which advanced desegregation of public schools.

Please submit your nominations to dmedina@latinojustice.org with the subject line 2013 Latina Trailblazer Candidate and a brief summary (not more than two paragraphs) explaining why you are submitting her name for consideration. Please include the full name and affiliation of the candidate as well as her contact information and your own.

Register for June LSAT Test Prep

We are currently accepting registrations for the following classes for the June 10, 2013 LSAT. 

ALL GROUPS REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 14th, 2013Mandatory Initial Diagnostic tests: Group A and B: February 16, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm

All tests and classes will take place at LatinoJustice PRLDEF Offices at 99 Hudson Street, 14th Floor, between Franklin and Harrison Streets. Download the schedule and register for the classes here.

LatinoJustice Celebrates the Confirmation of Former Staff Attorney Jenny Rivera to the New York State Court of Appeals

Jenny Rivera, a former staff attorney at LatinoJustice PRLDEF and a law Professor at the CUNY School of Law, was confirmed this week by the New York State Senate to join the Court of Appeals.Rivera, a first-generation, New York-born Puerto Rican, has served as a staff attorney at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Legal Aid Society of New York City and as a law clerk to Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when she was at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Rivera was also Commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights and a Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights. Learn more about her recent confirmation

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