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Immediately following President Obama’s November 20 announcement of new executive immigration relief for undocumented parents, students and graduates, the Equal Justice Center sprang to action launching a new campaign to help immigrant families who may be eligible for that relief.
In the first phase of the Equal Justice Center’s efforts, the EJC is partnering with key community groups to conduct ongoing information sessions in the immigrant community. In these forums EJC’s legal experts help potentially eligible families better understand the new immigration program, what they can be doing to prepare to take advantage of it, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.
On November 25, just five days after the President’s announcement, EJC partnered with Austin Interfaith on an information forum attended by over 70 people at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in East Austin. The following week on December 1, EJC and Austin Interfaith followed up with an information forum for more than 170 attendees at the San Jose Catholic Church in South Austin. On December 10, EJC staff helped lead a forum at the Mexican Consulate in Austin in partnership with the Consulate and several local immigration lawyers. That event drew a crowd of well over 100. Scheduled upcoming information events include the following:
- Sunday Dec 21, 12:00pm, at San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church, 7000 Woodhue Dr, Austin, TX 78745 (in partnership with Austin Interfaith)
- Additional information workshops and forums are being planned on an ongoing basis. Check this website for updates.
- Groups who wish to use the EJC’s legal and political expertise to promote understanding of this historic new immigration action, can contact 888-670-6858
The Equal Justice Center has recently surpassed the milestone of $7 million recovered in wage theft cases for low-wage working men and women.
EJC attorneys and staff, working from its offices in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, provide legal representation for low-wage working people across Texas. EJC’s clients include construction laborers, janitorial and cleaning service workers, restaurant cooks and dishwashers, landscape laborers, and workers in a host of other industries. They are U.S. citizens, documented immigrants, and undocumented immigrants. They are women, men, young people and older workers.
The common factors among them all are (1) the hard, honest work they perform to support themselves and their families; and (2) their determined use of the legal system to vindicate their right to be paid what they have earned.
“What the Equal Justice Center does for our clients and their families is place in their hands the powerful tools of the law and the legal system,” said EJC Austin attorney, Christopher Willett. “With that power, they can take charge of protecting their own rights and hold unscrupulous employers accountable through their own direct action. In our society, that amounts to real power and recognized legitimacy.”
The EJC is the leading law firm in Texas specialized in protecting the employment rights of low-wage workers. Its pioneering work continues to advance access to workplace justice without regard to income or immigration status.