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 // Please Excuse Cross Postings // Available Online HereJuly 13, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 NDLON Welcomes Xochi Flores as its First-Ever Associate Director Activist, Artist & Popular Educator Brings Wealth of Leadership Experience to Help Guide Organization at Crucial Time    Los Angeles, CA -- This week, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) announced that Xochi Flores, an LA based activist, popular educator and musician will be the national network’s first-ever Associate Director.  The announcement comes as NDLON expands its work to defend and advance migrant worker rights during a pivotal moment. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement: “Xochi comes from a long line of community organizers and activists. She has  participated in social justice work for at least 25 years and has been involved in numerous campaigns, community based projects and organizations. “She has vast experience in team building, professional and project development, engaging activists, artists and the broader community and always envisions projects from start to finish. She is someone her community trusts and looks to for leadership. Xochi will play a critical role in enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary to advance our work. We are very fortunate to have her be part of our national leadership and I am looking forward to working with her as we continue to improve the lives of Day Laborers across the country.” At NDLON, Xochi successfully led the individual donor initiative for the last three years. She plays an integral role in developing and sustaining healthy relationships with NDLON’s donor base.  In 2014, she also spearheaded a project whereby community colleges partner with local worker centers to create curriculum relevant to the day laborer community, they offer these courses on site at worker centers. This project is now supported in part by the National Council on Workforce Education and has been highlighted by the National Skills Coalition. Additionally, Xochi has booked several nationally recognized artists such as Chuck D, Ozomatli, Aloe Blacc, Ceci Bastida and Quetzal for NDLONs public concert series Chant Down the Walls. Xochi is currently leading a project to build popular education modules on Black and Brown History/Affinities along with Dr. Gaye Johnson, Dr. Roberto Flores and Dr. Chris Zepeda. These are set to launch in the fall of 2016. Xochi is an experienced grant writer and has written dozens of grants…

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, June 24, 2016
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For Immediate Release //June 23, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 Day Laborer Network Reaction to President Obama Speech Los Angeles, CA -- In response to President Obama’s remarks this morning about US v. Texas, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON, issued the following statement: “President Obama's response to the impasse in the Supreme Court was woefully inadequate. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s shameful 'non-decision' in Texas v. US, immigrants are left to organize in defense of their basic rights in the face of unprecedented hostility.  Rather than joining them, the President adopted a defeatist attitude, even going so far as to suggest there is simply nothing more he can do to help immigrants and refugees. That is flatly wrong. In his last six months, the President can—and must—at a minimum: (1) end his misguided 'PEP-Comm' program that criminalizes immigrants by using sheriffs as de facto deportation agents; (2) grant temporary protected status to Central American families fleeing horrific violence in their home countries; (3) stop the record-breaking deportations his own administration has championed and (4) take a strong, principled stand against the xenophobic nationalism sweeping the country during this election season.  This is the minimum.   Immigrant families don’t have the option to give up their struggle simply because the Supreme Court got it wrong today.  Immigrants must now demonstrate the courage that is lacking among our political leaders, including President Obama.    Ultimately, this morning’s speech will not stand up to historical scrutiny.  President Obama's immigration policy has been incoherent.  By his own admission, he relied heavily on border enforcement and deportations in a failed gambit to win legislative reform in a broken Congress. In the current political climate, it is unacceptable to say that nothing else can be done.  His own policies contributed to the current mess.  The President has six months to start cleaning it up.” ###

For Immediate Release

June 23, 2016

Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500

Initial Reaction from NDLON on Supreme Court Tie in US v. Texas

Los Angeles, CA -- In response to the Supreme Court's 4-4 tie in US v Texas, which preserves the district court's injunction of the President’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) issued the following immediate reactions.  

Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON responded:

“If DAPA was the President's 'Plan B' after a failed political strategy for comprehensive immigration reform, then it is incumbent on his administration to immediately announce their 'Plan C' after this setback. It will be fully unacceptable for the President to use this decision as an excuse for inaction in cleaning up the mess created by his brutal deportation policy.

“President Obama must use his remaining political capital to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees, and we will be looking to him for the type of leadership that we expected when he first took office.”

“Going forward, it is important to remember that it was grassroots, bottom-up pressure that compelled the President to act before, and the future will be no different. Immigrants must continue to organize in defense of our basic rights in the face of unprecedented nativism in the political sphere."  

Chris Newman, NDLON’s Legal Director said:   

“The 4-4 decision leaves unresolved outside of the Fifth Circuit the question of whether and how the President can provide work authorization for currently undocumented immigrants, but it does not impact the President's indisputable authority to reduce deportations, nor does it  foreclose other forms of relief as a legal matter."

NDLON’s legal team, advocacy team, and a group of impacted Day Laborer spokespersons will be available for comment and interviews.


For Immediate Release
 // June 17, 2016Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (951) 966-6500Romeo Sosa, VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n Federal Prosecutor Drops Criminal Charge Against Portland Day Labor Leader, Attention Turns to ICE as Coalition Pledges to Stop His Deportation and Prevent Criminalization of other Migrants *** Portland Community Leaders to host Father’s Day Press Conference & Rally at Church Where Francisco Aguirre Sought Sanctuary (see below for details) *** Portland, OR -- The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it dropped the reentry prosecution against Portland day laborer & immigrant rights leader Francisco Aguirre. The announcement came as a result of a groundswell of support from individuals across the country who signed letters, petitions, and held vigils demanding that Aguirre be allowed to remain in the U.S. and grieve in peace after the vicious murder of his teenage son, Moises, in El Salvador in February of this year. Francisco’s case became the subject of national attention after he publicly sought sanctuary in a church following an attempt by Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) to carry out a warrantless raid on his home. ICE responded by charging Aguirre with “reentry” for having escaped violence in El Salvador fifteen years prior, “re-entering” the US after being deported. “I am grateful for my family, my day laborer community, my attorneys, and every single person, church, and organization that stood by my side.  And I am hopeful that ICE will stop targeting my family,  said Francisco Aguirre about his ordeal.  He continued,  “This initial victory is proof that when we come together, we can win.  The only way to ensure justice for migrants is if we come together as a community and defend our basic human rights.” “The U.S. Attorney made the correct decision to drop a cruel and unnecessary prosecution. It should serve as an example for the DOJ to stop callously prosecuting refugees fleeing for their lives,” said Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON). Organizations representing the #UnidosConFrancisco efforts pledged to continue organizing to stop ICE’s continued tormenting of the Aguirre family. Rather than giving Aguirre the opportunity to argue his case for asylum-like humanitarian relief before an immigration judge with all the due process protections which that entails, ICE has served a “Notice of Intent to Issue a Final Administrative Removal Order” (FARO), a little-known maneuver in which an ICE agent orders a…
Press ADVISORY  Contact: Jorge Torres, 203-278-2729; Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 Ecuadorian Immigrants to Converge in Washington DC as Consensus Grows for “TPS FOR ECUADOR” This week, Senators Booker & Menendez joined the 32 members of Congress calling for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Ecuadorians in the US after devastating earthquake in Ecuador What: TPS for Ecuador! Rally, Relief for Families When: Monday, June 20th, 11:00AM-2:00PM Where: US Capitol, West Lawn Washington, DC -- On Monday, Ecuadorian immigrant families living in the U.S. will converge in Washington, DC to call on the White House and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to grant “TPS” (Temporary Protected Status) for Ecuadorians in the US, in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the Andean country. The earthquake resulted in 663 deaths, 73,000 internally displaced persons, and 250,000 individuals in need of humanitarian assistance. A grant of TPS for Ecuadorians living in the U.S. would facilitate their participation and support for the recovery effort, and provide a partial reprieve for the emergency response and communities in Ecuador from receiving the average of 1,200 individuals deported to Ecuador each year. Nearly 3 dozen members of the House, led by Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Crowley, and now Democratic Senators Booker and Menendez have called for TPS as a response to the earthquake. The Ecuadorian government has also officially requested the grant of TPS. The Monday rally will bring together about 1,000 people from different parts of the east coast, including Queens, Westchester and Brooklyn, from New York State, and Newark, Plainfield and Hightstown, from New Jersey. There are approximately 200,000 Ecuadorians who live in the United States without documentation.   For additional information, please visit   ###

For Immediate Release
June 10, 2016

Contact: Gonzalo Mercado, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n

Construction Company Convicted of “Manslaughter” sets “Historic Precedent” for Workplace Safety Regulations

Los Angeles, CA -- On Friday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. announced the conviction of HARCO CONSTRUCTION LLC (“HARCO”) for “recklessly causing the death of a 22-year-old construction worker, Carlos Moncayo, by failing to heed and address unsafe work conditions at a construction site in the Meatpacking District, contributing to the collapse of an excavation pit and the death of the victim”. HARCO was convicted of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, as well as Criminally Negligent Homicide and Reckless Endangerment. The sentencing is expected to take place in July 13 2016.

Gonzalo Mercado, Executive Director of La Colmena in Staten Island NY issued the following statement:

"Today's decision sets a historic precedent in a city were too many workers have lost their lives in preventable constructions accidents. No more slaps on the wrist for bad employers that put profits over workers’ safety. Our hearts are with the Moncayo family and  all of those we've lost in past accidents"

Omar Henriquez Regional Organizer at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“The guilty verdict will not bring Carlos Moncayo back to life, but it puts contractors on notice: if one of your workers gets killed on the job, you are responsible and will face the consequences. No more free rides for irresponsible contractors.”

Cal Soto, Workers Rights Coordinator at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said:

“We are encouraged by the DA’s successful efforts to bring justice to the family of Carlos Moncayo. Carlos Moncayo’s death and the trial of his murderers has shined a spotlight on the entirely avoidable fatal conditions that persist in worksites throughout the country due to weak and selectively enforced health and safety regulations.

“The workers that were present throughout the trial know these dangers firsthand, as they are often compelled to assume the risks taken by their employers for fear of retaliation. Together, we will continue to advocate for safe workplaces, employer accountability, and protection against retaliation for reporting health and safety violations."

Advocates from many organizations participated in a rally outside of the courtroom in support of Carlos Moncayo including, the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and its member organizations, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project and Workplace Project, La Colmena, El Centro del Immigrante and Obreros Unidos de Yonkers, among others.


For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500

100+ Organizations Call for Independent Inquiry into Leaks about Immigration Raids

Los Angeles, CA -- On Thursday, over 100 organizations signed onto a letter to President Obama demanding an independent inquiry into government leaks about ICE raids targeting Central American refugees. The raids strategy has been widely criticized for sparking widespread terror in immigrant and refugee communities.  

The organizations, which included leading Central American groups such as CARECEN, Alianza Americas, and CISPES, called for an immediate investigation by the White House and DHS Inspector General into the leaks and their “source, purpose, content, and whether they were sanctioned by the White House.”

“When the U.S. government is using morally repugnant and legally questionable tactics to to instill fear in those fleeing violence, we must demand answers,” said NDLON Executive Director Pablo Alvarado, himself a refugee from El Salvador. “We hope that a thorough investigation into these leaks will help clarify, and ultimately rectify, President Obama’s failed response to the humanitarian crisis in Central America. It’s time for relief, not raids.” 

The letter states, in part:

[T]hose who have leaked rumors of these raids must be held accountable for the unnecessary terror that they have inflicted among immigrant families and for the damage done to the rule of law… It is not clear whether these leaks are intentional or unintentional, but it is very clear they are unacceptable and unbefitting of a federal law enforcement agency.

Advocates pointed to the recent detention of Elmer Reynoso, a young Guatemalan father of a two-month old baby, to demonstrate the destructive impact of the President's policy.

On Wednesday, 26 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to end the strategy of immigration raids and instead to immediately offer Temporary Protective Status (TPS) to the population fleeing violence in the Northern Triangle. To see the full letter from the Senators click here

To read the full letter click here

To sign on as an organization contact Armando Carmona This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n


 PLAINTIFFS FILE PETITION FOR REHEARING IN NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS IN PUENTE V. ARPAIO Arizona Migrant Group Seeks to Preserve Injunction Against Provisions of Two Arizona Statutes Used to Criminalize Immigrant Workers For Immediate ReleaseMay 17, 2016 Contacts: Carlos Garcia, Puente, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (520) 248-1697 Annie Lai, UC Irvine School of Law, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (914) 329-8412 Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (602) 773-6007 Phoenix, Arizona – Yesterday, Plaintiffs in Puente vs. Arpaio asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a May 2 decision which overturned a preliminary injunction issued last year barring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery from enforcing provisions of Arizona law that criminalize migrants for working to provide for their families. The Petition argues that the decision by a three-judge panel conflicts with other Ninth Circuit and Supreme Court cases, and should either be reconsidered by the panel or reheard by a larger number of judges. Carlos Garcia, Executive Director of Puente Arizona, a lead plaintiff in the case, said: “Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery must not be allowed to burden migrants with felony convictions for working to provide for their families. We have been politically scapegoated and dehumanized for long enough. These laws are cruel and unjust and we will not stop fighting until we know that our community is safe.” “Arizona’s effort to recast its identity theft laws as an immigration enforcement tool was unconstitutional from the start,” said Annie Lai of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “We are asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to review its May 2 decision and restore the carefully considered order of the District Court from January 2015 that brought an end to the seven-year campaign of raids. Anything else would be a grave deviation from existing law and could compromise future litigants’ ability to turn to the courts for the protection of constitutional rights.” The case concerns provisions of two Arizona statutes passed in 2007 and 2008 as part of Arizona’s “attrition through enforcement” immigration platform designed to make life so miserable for migrants that they would self deport. In January 2015, District Court Judge David Campbell enjoined enforcement of the statutes during the pendency of the suit. The filing of yesterday’s petition means that the District Court’s injunction will remain in place until a decision can be made by…
For Immediate Release
May 12th, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 NDLON responds to escalation of Immigration raids targeting Central American Mothers and Children Los Angeles, CA - In response to an “exclusive report” from Reuters regarding plans for a month-long series of deportation raids specifically targeting Central American Mothers and Children, the  following statement was issued by Olga Tomchin, Deportation Defense Coordinator & Staff Attorney for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network: "In the midst of an election rife with racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric, President Obama is solidifying his legacy as Deporter-In-Chief by planning massive armed raids to round up refugee mothers and children for deportation to violence and potential death. Mothers fleeing murder must not be used as political pawns to appear "tough" on immigration." "While this administration continues daily attacks on immigrant communities, these plans appears to be an escalation of similar January raids. It is vilely immoral and a violation of U.S. human rights obligations to use mass roundups, imprisonment, and deportation to deter refugees from fleeing death. "We expect elected officials and candidates for office to denounce these raids and other attempts at deterring asylum seekers, which are no less grotesque than policy proposals by Donald Trump or Arizona's "self-deportation" tactics. We demand President Obama immediately stop sowing panic and cancel these planned human rights abuses."   ###
For Immediate Release
May 5th, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 Memorial Celebration Honors Fernando Pedraza, Day Laborer Tragically Killed During Minutemen Protest Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Today, on May 5th 2016, workers, local leaders, community members and the family of Jose Fernando Pedraza gathered to celebrate, remember his life. He is honored by those who continue to struggle for workers rights and immigrant rights. In 2007, during an anti-immigrant demonstration held by the Minutemen Project he was tragically killed by an automobile collision while he stood in the street corner where he searched for work on a daily basis. He was leader that inspired and motivated his fellow workers to get involved, participate and to collectively struggle for dignified work and fair wages. The event was attended by over fifty people from the community including a local politician, faculty and students from Pitzer College, members of the media, workers, activists and family members of Mr. Pedraza. During the event, those that knew him shared uplifting stories about his life, updates about victories in immigrant rights, spoken word and live music. Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said: “The reason why workers can stand on a sidewalk to solicit employment in this city, is because of Don Fernando Pedraza. Don Fernando died during a Minutemen and KKK anti-migrant protest en el 5 de mayo in 2007. Because of the tension and distraction the Minutemen protest caused, a vehicle hit another vehicle and it veered towards Don Fernando Pedraza killing him instantly. We won the fight. And the workers are free to look for work.” Imelda Pedraza, Fernando’s daughter said: “José Fernando Pedraza [my father] is still alive in our hearts because the biggest tragedy in life isn’t death; the tragedy is to allow the beautiful feelings and moments that brighten up our lives to die and fade away. He struggled with a great vision and focus for his compañeros of Arrow and Grove in Rancho Cucamonga. So that they can receive better treatment and had a safe place to search for work. That is what made him a great leader who was able to see his vision become successful. Your family and friends remember you with love. Thank you.” Jose Zapata Calderon, Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies at Pitzer College said: “Fernando Pedraza was a father, a grandfather, and a day laborer leader…
For Immediate Release
 May 2, 2016
Contact: Francisca Porchas, Puente, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (606) 616-4311; Jessica Vosburgh, NDLON, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (203) 415-8368; Steve Kilar, ACLU of Arizona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , (602) 773-6007 Puente v. Arpaio Press Statement from Plaintiffs Puente Vows to Keep Fighting Following Ninth Circuit Decision on Preliminary Injunction Appeal; Decision Leaves Open Possibility for Further Challenges Phoenix, Arizona - In response to the Ninth Circuit decision in Puente Arizona, et al. v. Arpaio et al., issued today, Plaintiffs provide the following statements: Francisca Porchas, Organizing Director of Puente Arizona, a lead plaintiff in the case, said: “We vow to keep fighting Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery and will not rest until they stop targeting our community. The laws on which the raids were based left many immigrants with felony convictions merely for working to provide for their families. The laws are cruel, unjust and degrading. We knew that it would be a long court battle, but after years of raids, and hundreds of immigrants arrested, we also know the importance of continuing the fight. In the meantime, we will also continue to open our doors to those in the community affected by the raids.” Jessica Vosburgh, an attorney at the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), who argued the case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, said: “The raids are unconstitutional and we believe that we will ultimately prevail. We disagree with the Ninth Circuit panel decision’s today not to uphold the preliminary injunction. However, the decision leaves open the ability for Plaintiffs to challenge the way that Sheriff Arpaio and County Attorney Bill Montgomery have been using the laws in Maricopa County. We are also considering options for seeking a rehearing of today’s decision by the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The preliminary injunction will stay in place at least until we’ve had a chance to make that decision.” Plaintiffs in the case include Puente, workers affected by the raids, and several faith leaders who reside in Maricopa County and object to the use of their tax dollars to finance the raids. The plaintiffs are represented by the University of California, Irvine School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, NDLON, the ACLU of Arizona, Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP, Quarles & Brady LLP and attorney Ray Ybarra Maldonado. The Ninth Circuit decision, and the United States’ amicus brief filed on March 18 is available, here. ###  
For Immediate Release
 April 29, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500 NDLON: The Most Anti-Immigrant Bill Signed into Law in Our Lifetime Los Angeles, CA—In response to the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs and Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman introducing a resolution calling for a repeal of the 1996 laws criminalizing immigrants, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), released the following statement: “We welcome the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Asian Pacific American Caucus in calling for a repeal of the IIRIRA, twenty years since its passage, and demanding answers from both Democratic candidates about their support for it in 1996. That would be a start. And there is much more that can be done – outside of the dysfunctional Congress – to mitigate the disastrous effects of ’96. “Perhaps the most anti-immigrant law signed into law in our lifetime, no single law better represents efforts to consolidate a regime that exploits immigrant workers and criminalizes our presence in the U.S. Enacted the same year that then Senior Advisor to President Clinton, Rahm Emmanuel, recommended a record deportations, the law demonstrates the deep-seeded racism at the root of parties’ failed approach to immigration. The law fused mass incarceration and mass deportation, establishing the strategy of conflating immigration and criminal law, which twenty years later, President Obama’s “felons not families” rhetoric has put on steroids. The law made far more people deportable, including legal residents, and created the barriers to legalization that are partially responsible for the number of undocumented people in the U.S. today. “Going forward, any statutory reform will require repeal of much of IIRIRA, including the repugnant section 287(g) of the INA, which authorized ICE to deputize the likes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. It’s no surprise that today one-third of 287(g) agreements are in three states—North Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona—all of which have enacted openly anti-immigrant legislation. Democratic leadership, both federal and local, should take responsibility for the laws that made possible Arizona’s SB 1070 and led to record deportations in Maricopa County in Arizona, and Harris County in Texas. “But we won’t hold our breath. Instead of ending its complicity with states legislating hate, the White House and DHS leadership are preparing to re-affirm support for these and nearly two dozen others before the agreements end on June 30th. As always, we know that if we are going…
RESOURCES for reporters covering SCOTUS review of U.S. v. TexasContact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n     NDLON STATEMENTSIn the Midst of the Battle for DAPA The Deporter-In-Chief v. 26 Nativist Governors & Attorneys-General (aka US v. Texas) Reaction to House Vote to Submit Brief in US v. Texas  Reaction to Supreme Court Decision LEGAL RESOURCES NDLON's Si Se Puede Rule-Making Petition: A detailed explanation of the President's legal authority along with antecedent history in the campaign to persuade the President to take action to stop deportations  DHS Memo on DAPA & Expanded DACA  DHS Memo on New Deportation Priorities  ORAL ARGUMENTS Transcripts Audio
For Immediate Release
April 22, 2016
Contact: Armando Carmona, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 951-966-6500; Sierra Golden, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n , 206.686.2640   NDLON: New Report Reveals How Seattle’s Casa Latina is Fighting Poverty Amongst Day Laborers Seattle, WA: In the 1990s Day Laborers in Seattle had very few options when looking for work, they would wait on street corners hoping someone would come by and hire them. When Casa Latina opened its first hiring hall in Belltown, they finally had a more sustainable alternative. They could become members and participate a daily lottery, which attempts to distribute jobs more equitably. Since then, thousands have chosen to be Casa Latina members and while there has consistently been a community consensus on the positive impacts of the center, there has hardly been quantifiable proof.   Now, Casa Latina and it’s members are excited to announce a formal study that confirms that day laborers dispatched from Casa Latina face fewer hardships than workers that continue to wait on street corners. In 2012 and 2015, Nik Theodore, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visited Seattle and surveyed workers at Casa Latina and at informal hiring sites on street corners. The study is the first of its kind and is proof that “Casa Latina has directly improved workers’ earnings by increasing their employment rates, maintaining wage standards, and reducing wage theft” as stated by Theodore himself. The report, funded by the Ford Foundationand published by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) provides a detailed explanation of the results of Casa Latina’s efforts.   In 2015, 9% of workers at Casa Latina experienced wage theft. At informal hiring sites, that number was 38%. Marcos Martinez, executive director of Casa Latina said: “It’s heartening that Theodore’s study illustrates in such graphic terms that our programs lead to overall improvements for day laborers. It’s a priceless tool for illustrating our approach and the importance of our work.” Wage theft, or the denial of earned wages, is a widespread concern among informal and contingent workers across the country.   The  study (which can be read in its entirety here) also reveals that in 2015, workers at Casa Latina had much higher daily employment rate over workers at informal hiring sites. Finally, depending on the type of work done, workers at Casa Latina were paid up to 25% more than workers who were not members. Hilary Stern, founder of Casa Latina said, “This is…
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