Legal Issues

Legal Momentum Challenges Food Assistance Termination for Legal Immigrants

Immigrant women are more likely to confront poverty, violence and exploitation than any other demographic in America.  While apparently gender-neutral, our national immigration policies often place women at a disadvantage, compromising their personal and economic security.

Legal Momentum, represented by Kaye Scholer LLP, has filed an amicus curiae brief in the state of Washington, in support of a plaintiff with legal immigrant status who was battered by her spouse and struggled to find independence due to the termination of government funded food assistance for immigrants. Battered women, like the plaintiff, are be forced to stay in or return to abusive relationships due to lack of financial support. Learn more about the Immigrant Women Program.

A Look at SB 1070 and State-Level Immigration Efforts

A year ago, Arizona passed one of the most restrictive anti-immigration bills in the nation: SB 1070. The bill criminalized undocumented individuals and sparked a trend of copycat legislation introduced in 30 states. While most efforts were unsuccessful, SB 1070 and copycat laws have severe negative implications for undocumented individuals and their families, including American citizen children. SB 1070 and similar legislation erode worker protections and the civil rights of undocumented immigrants, compromise the fiscal health of states, and place an undue strain on local law enforcement.

Earning What You're Worth: Defending Your Right to Equal Pay

Date/Time: 
05/05/2011

The Equal Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Women's Bureau present Earning What You're Worth: Defending Your Right to Equal Pay.

Despite the passage of the Equal Pay Act, women in the U.S. still earn only 80 cents for every $1 men earn. Join us to listen to a panel of advocates, a panel of attorneys, and a guest equal pay expert discuss this issue, and learn what employees can do to to help close this wage gap. Two New York State CLE credits will be available for attendance and participation.

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 8:45a.m.-12p.m.
Location:
EEOC-New York District Office, 33 Whitehall St.-11th Floor Conference Room, New York, NY

RSVP: Contact Bryan White at 212-336-3670 or bryan.white@eeoc.gov.

 

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 45' 9.2988" N, 73° 58' 11.5392" W

Since May 2008, Pamela Shifman has served as the Director of Initiatives for Women and Girls at the NoVo Foundation, where she directs its work on empowering adolescent girls in the developing world and ending violence against girls and women. Prior to joining NoVo, she worked at UNICEF, working closely with its country offices in Darfur, Sudan, Eastern Congo, Liberia, Nepal and other conflict affected countries to improve efforts to end violence against girls and women. Pamela also served as the Co-Executive Director of Equality Now, where she focused on trafficking of girls and women and sex tourism, and acted as legal advisor for the ANC Parliamentary Women's Caucus in South Africa. She has taught Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and at Hunter College, and holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Location

New York, NY 10017
United States
40° 45' 9.2988" N, 73° 58' 11.5392" W

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 43' 33.1248" N, 73° 59' 52.5552" W

Juhu Thukral is the Director of Law and Advocacy at The Opportunity Agenda. She has been an advocate for the rights of low-income and immigrant women in the areas of sexual health and rights, gender-based violence, economic security, and criminal justice for 20 years. Prior to joining The Opportunity Agenda, Ms. Thukral was the founder and Director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. She founded the Sex Workers Project in 2001, after recognizing the strong need for an organization that protects the legal rights of sex workers, many of whom are low-income and immigrant women of color. Ms. Thukral envisioned and developed the SWP’s legal and programmatic initiatives around sex work and human rights, trafficking in persons, and economic security. She also raised the funding for the project and managed its partnerships with a diverse array of collaborating organizations.

Location

New York, NY 10012
United States
40° 43' 33.1248" N, 73° 59' 52.5552" W

President & CEO, Breakthrough

Mallika Dutt is the President and CEO of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization that uses the power of media, pop culture and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action for dignity, equality and justice. Ms. Dutt has served as Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi Office and as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. She is a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women. Ms. Dutt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

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