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Fighting Racism in America

February marks Black History month, and as the nation celebrates the achievements of black Americans and their central role in shaping U.S. history, it is also a time to reflect on the injustices and racism that plagued this country for centuries and continues on today.

According to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Rights Working Group, every day thousands of people in this country still face harassment and abuse because of their skin color or ethnicity. To those of us in the social justice arena, this is hardly news. Every day we see and hear about racial injustices that make us uncomfortable and outraged – from incarceration rates among African American to immigration, from workplace discrimination to voting rights. Over the years, Equal Justice Works has placed scores of Fellows in communities across the country to stop this cycle of hate and prejudice.

     
FELLOWS ON THE FRONT

Seeing Injustice

Because of his Hispanic background and upbringing in Brooklyn, Franco Torres has always felt connected to the Latino immigrant community. The challenges and hardships that immigrants face are often violations of their most fundamental and sacred rights. These injustices, which include racial profiling, unlawful detention and harassment, are what inspire Franco to represent those who do not have the ability or means to effectively advocate for themselves.

Franco began serving at Americans for Immigrant Justice in September. As a 2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow co-sponsored by The Florida Bar Association and Greenberg Traurig, he is dedicated to challenging civil right violations against Florida’s immigrant community.

  Torres
     
ALUMNI NEWS

Continuing to fight against discrimination

As a member of the 2006 Equal Justice Works Fellowship class, Alexander Saingchin created the New Jersey Asian American Legal Project, an initiative of the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF) to address the unmet legal and civil rights concerns of New Jersey’s diverse Asian-American communities. Alex’s work ranged from combating injustices faced by immigrant populations to ensuring access to government services with interpreters and translations.
  Saingchin
     
FINANCING YOUR FUTURE

U.S. Department of Education releases Public Service Loan Forgiveness certification form

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Education has released an Employment Certification for Public Service Loan Forgiveness form to assist borrowers in tracking their qualifying employment and qualifying payments as they work toward earning loan forgiveness.
   
     
 
 
 
 
February 2012
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SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
Equal Justice Works would like to thank Kirkland & Ellis LLP for their sponsorship of two Fellows in the Class of 2012. The firm also supported our annual dinner program, including our 25th Anniversary Gala, and Chicago regional event.
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