Lupe Quintero Honored by Mexican Government

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Congratulations to Lupe Quintero on receiving the Ohtli Award!

Guadalupe “Lupe” Quintero received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican government, who honored her for her years of community service and selfless commitment to helping the Mexican and Mexican-American community.

Lupe considers the award as recognition of all of CRLA’s work.  She thanked CRLA staff for carrying out their work in the community “with heart, determination, tenacity, and showing the community that they merit being treated with dignity and respect.”

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Growing Pains

A crew of H2-A guest workers picks tomatoes for grower Harry Singh at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. Workers are kept behind fences while they work, where union and legal aid workers can't reach them. Photo by David Bacon.

By David Bacon
Guest farm workers face exploitation, dangerous conditions.

Tomato grower Harry Singh had an idea for speeding up the harvest in the fields he rents at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base near San Diego. His foreman told Serafín Rincón, 61, to pick beside two imported contract workers in their 20s. In the summer heat, Rincón was told to run. He could hardly keep up.

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The Zombie Guest Worker Bill

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By David Bacon

Co-published by Fast Company

Republican immigration reform proposals may be dead, but Republican guest worker proposals live on.

On Wednesday, June 27, Republicans’ effort to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill went down in flames for the second time in a month, due to divisions within their own party. The Republican attempt to create a vast new guest worker program, however, has not ended.

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What Pride Means to Me by Lisa Cisneros

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I am a rural LGBTQ civil rights attorney. On any given day in my office in the heart of a farmworker community, I might open a new case by interviewing an LGBTQ immigrant. Most likely, she is a transgender woman who has survived a violent attack here in the U.S. or in her home country. She is a survivor, forging ahead with her life. She is fighting for her rights. She hasn’t given up.

I might pick up the phone and hear the voice of a parent. Parents regularly call us seeking help for their LGBTQ children. Their children come out, sometimes very young, and they struggle in schools ill-equipped to support them. From a young age, LGBTQ children often have that special wisdom that a strong life, a life of meaning, requires authenticity.

Throughout the year my colleagues and I team up with rural LGBTQ leaders. These leaders have an unshakeable vision. They might dream of an LGBTQ center that transforms their small town or city. They might plan to break the silence in their local schools around LGBTQ issues. They might be on a quest to make their streets and homes safer and more accepting.

I see pride in each one of these individuals. They are our heroes. In their daily lives, they model courage, perseverance, tenacity, or “ganas” as we often say in Spanish. These core strengths, this pride, sets the foundation for our resilience as an LGBTQ community.

What makes Pride season so special is that we collectively bring out into public those superpowers we use to get through our daily lives as LGBTQ folks, moving through a world that does not always understand or embrace us. We are unapologetic about our lives, our love, our style. We celebrate and share our joy. We pay homage to the fearless trans women of color and homeless queer youth who fought back against police brutality and criminalization, and inspired, indeed, propelled our movement forward. Pride is a building block for our external power that is steadily transforming society around us. That is what we celebrate. That is what pride means to me.

This article originally appeared on The California Endowment website,
Reprinted with permission from The California Endowment.

Thank You San Diego


CRLA and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego hosted a joint reception in San Diego to celebrate legal services champions: State Senator Ben Hueso, Assemblymember Dr. Lorena Gonzalez and Assemblymember Shirley Weber.

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Education is a Civil Right for Immigrant Communities

Morsal Amini, a refugee from Afghanistan is pictured Friday, March 16, 2018 at her Modesto home. Amini was denied enrollment last month at the Language Institute at Davis High School. Photo: Andy Alfaro / The Modesto Bee]

CRLA Modesto - Directing Attorney Jessica Jewel is representing the Amini sisters. Morsal and Nargis are from Afghanistan, where girls are often denied an education. Shockingly, the sisters are being kept out of school here, in California.

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KGO-ABC7 Town Hall - #MeToo: Allies In Action

CRLA has a long history of seeking justice on behalf of women who have bravely stood up and said NO MÁS to sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. The #NOMÁS campaign elevates the stories of women who fight back, educates women about their rights, and litigates these case in the court of law.

Estella Cisneros, CRLA Fresno Directing Attorney appeared on a powerhouse panel at the Hispanic National Bar Association Conference with Dolores Leal, CRLA's major supporter and host of our Tardeada, and Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rodgers, among others to discuss sexual harassment and Latinas.

Estella was featured at KGO-ABC7 Town Hall- #MeToo: Allies In Action. This roundtable featured leaders from tech, philanthropy, academia and labor rights to discuss how to prevent sexual harassment.

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Spotlight on Blanca

Blanca Bañuelos (right)

Blanca Bañuelos, Director of the Migrant Unit, was honored with the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award by the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA).  This prestigious award was presented before an audience of over 800 Latino legal leaders. Blanca’s tireless work as a farmworker advocate inspired this honor.

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Under Siege But Never Giving Up

Mariano Alvarez.

Mariano Alvarez has played an important role in helping indigenous Mexican communities who were victims of the North Bay Fires.

Indigenous communities are under siege and invisible, but Mariano provides the help they need.

Watch and read about the struggles of this community >>






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