#DilleyDispatches: Finding Humanity

December 16, 2016

By Claire R. Thomas an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. She and a volunteer team of paralegals, lawyers and social workers have gone to Dilley Texas to provide pro bono representation for women and children in detention. They are sharing their experiences while there with Law@theMargins in a series called #DilleyDispatches Day 4 Another early morning! Most mornings this week, there has been…

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#DilleyDispatches: Luchadoras in Detention

December 14, 2016

Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project.  I did not know I would end up discovering the true strength and resilience of women in a place where it is supposed to be taken away. Being detained for an unreasonable and inhumane amount of time is one thing, but being shamed for trying to breast…

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#DilleyDispatches: Charlas y Paciencia

December 13, 2016

By Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project.  Photo Credit: Catholic Immigration Network. Ernie and then Carlos share experiences of their first day.  Waking up to pitch black darkness at 6:40 AM, mist from the dense fog covers the car and blankets the sky as we make the 2-min drive to correctional facility…

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Dilley. The Return. With Friends

December 11, 2016

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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Dilley Dispatches: Holistic Legal Support to End Family Detention

November 25, 2016

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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Learning to Walk Behind Bars: The Treatment of Accompanied Children in Detention

November 15, 2016

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. Based in New York City, Thomas advocates for immigrant children facing deportation from the United States as an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. Over the past 30 years, immigration detention in the United States has expanded…

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VIDEO: Tea Workers Protest Creation of Economic Zone Over Their Cultivated Land

November 5, 2016

Tea workers from Chandpore Tea Estate share about their protest to stop the creation of a special economic zone over land they have cultivated for years to supplement their meager salary from tea plucking.  Listen to them talk about their struggle that began in December 2015.  While the government has halted on the plan to have a economic zone, after months of protest, there is still not guarantee that they…

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Ending the Hurt at Work: Raising Awareness About Intimate Partner Abuse in the Workplace

October 10, 2016

Dovie Yoana King is an adjunct professor at Miramar College and a Contributing Labor Writer to Law@theMargins. She is also an experienced public interest lawyer, victim’s rights advocate and survivor. Dovie regularly volunteers at a domestic violence restraining order clinic. She is a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For those of us who regularly work to empower victims and survivors, and hold…

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Lessons Learned from California’s Paid Leave Law

March 4, 2016

There has never been a better time to push for a national policy on paid leave. But as we raise our collective voices for paid leave, what are the lessons we can share from California? How can we create a policy that is equitable and really works for all US workers – young, low income, men and women of color, and new immigrants?

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Justice for Teaworkers: My Motherland Can’t Be Grabbed

February 21, 2016

Son of tea workers, Mohan Rabidas is one of the organizers of Chandpur Begumkhan Tea Garden. He a Community Justice Fellow with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)  There are 1.5 million tea workers living in Bangladesh for 180 years. Inspite of that, they don’t have a right to their land. To speak candidly, they are alien in their own country. Tea workers work from dawn to dusk for only…

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