In The Media
An article in The Nation discusses (and links to) our proposed statewide rule that would ban courthouse immigration arrests:
"Immigrant-rights defenders have petitioned the Judicial Council of California to institute a new rule to prevent ICE intervention [in courthouses]. . ."'In addition to having a chilling effect, it makes it really difficult if not impossible to have meaningful access to due process in the courts.'" (quoting Grisel Ruiz of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center)
Elizabeth Kristen discusses on KQED how Oakland's disproportionate cutting of girls' sports is both immoral and illegal: “[B]alancing the budget on the backs of girls sends a terrible message. It tells girls they are second-class citizens,” And it's against the law. This is a classic story of sex discrimination”
"Retired judges, law professors and activists working with the nonprofit Legal Aid at Work have proposed a broader statewide courthouse rule to be considered by the Judicial Council of California in the fall. The rule would block any civil arrests inside courthouses, saying they are and should be 'places where anyone can come to seek help or to testify without fear.'"
Helen James's story about being kicked out of the Air Force in disgrace for being a lesbian during the Lavender Scare, and how she was finally able to obtain the honorable discharge she deserved just days short of her 91st birthday with the assistance of LAAW, is now on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
“It’s about having a culture of wanting to help one another and valuing the employees you have, whatever their individual situations may be, and really having conversations about what people might need to fully participate and excel in the workplace.” - Rachael Langston
Staff attorney Marisa Díaz discusses LAAW's efforts, in conjunction with former Presidents of the California State Bar, retired judges, dozens of civil and immigrants’ rights groups, law professors, and many others to get California to adopt a statewide rule barring courthouse immigration arrests.
The Daily Journal (subscription required) discusses LAAW's Proposed Statewide rule to end courthouse immigration arrests in California and its impact on public safety and access to justice.
Elizabeth Kristen explains at Slate.com on how “men’s rights” groups are twisting anti-discrimination laws to harm women
When men sue women’s empowerment organizations for gender discrimination. Is the law on their side?
LAAW attorney Elizabeth Kristen emphatically says no: Targeting women’s empowerment events is an abuse of the law and part of the larger attack on the civil rights of vulnerable people that the Unruh Act was designed to protect, said Elizabeth Kristen, director of Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program at Legal Aid at Work and an expert on gender discrimination. “They are using the Unruh Act as a sword.” And Kristen says not all of these lawsuits are the same.
On "Criminal," LAAW Client Helen James tells her story of joining the Air Force in the 1950's and getting discharged due to her sexual orientation, and how that crippled her throughout her life: "We were considered to be a threat to the security of the nation."
More than 60 years later, and just shy of her 91st birthday, Helen finally received the honorable discharge she deserved after LAAW and co-counsel filed suit.