Rural Justice Updates

Fighting For Immigrant and Workers Right!

CRLA won a Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming federal protection against retaliation for workers who exercise their rights. Dairy worker Jose Arias sued his employer for wage and hour violations, and the attorney for the diary responded by reporting Mr. Arias to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in an attempt to remove him from the United States and stop the case from going forward.

"We hope this decision helps workers come forward and reminds employers, their attorneys, and others acting on their behalf that there are consequences if they choose to retaliate against workers," said CRLA's Blanca A. Bañuelos.

This victory was made possible with the help of Legal Aid at Work!


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CRLA’s Movers and Shakers!

CRLA's LGBT Program Director Lisa Cisneros has been appointed to the California Fair Employment and Housing Council. Lisa will continue to lead CRLA's program, which has served as a model for other legal assistance programs nationwide. She is also being honored by the Pride Law Fund with the Trailblazer Award, and has been named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 – Class of 2017 by the National LGBT Bar Association. Congratulations Lisa!


Santa Rosa Open House

CRLA Santa Rosa recently moved to a new location and celebrated with an Open House on April 27th. Santa Rosa's Directing Attorney Jeff Hoffman and the entire Santa Rosa staff welcomed community leaders, local supporters and nonprofit allies.
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Protecting Immigrant Students!

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CRLA's Cynthia R. Rice and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area's Deborah Escobedo are leading the charge to stop the school districts' practice of requiring parents to provide children’s Social Security numbers, their citizenship status and other sensitive information that deters immigrant parents from enrolling their children in school.


Fighting Retaliation against Agricultural Workers!

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CRLA's Blanca Banuelos was recently at the Ninth Circuit fighting for CRLA’s client, José Arias. After Mr. Arias filed a wage claim against his employer, the attorney for the employer responded by trying to have him deported. Jose is demanding justice against the attorney for this outrageous workers’ rights retaliation attempt. Working on this case with Blanca is Chris Ho and Legal Aid at Work (formerly Employment Law Center).

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