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Last Monday, an all-star panel of attorneys presented at the Delivery of Legal Service Section’s brown bag on unaccompanied minors. The panelists, including Shannon Erwin (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), Elena Noureddin (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project), and Gaye Özpinar (Law Office of Gay Özpinar), walked the audience through the conditions and situations that many are facing in holding facilities located in southern United States communities.
If you’re not familiar with the recent increase in unaccompanied minors traveling to the United States, here’s the deal: this past summer, the U.S experienced a considerable influx of unaccompanied children emigrating from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala due to the surge in violence in their home countries. Because these families and children are classified as illegal immigrants, they are not afforded the right to counsel. Individuals who have representation have a 50 percent chance of obtaining asylum versus only a 10 percent chance for those who are unrepresented. As a result, many unaccompanied children are being sent back to the dangerous environment from which they are seeking asylum.
Are you interested in helping? Click here to learn how you can volunteer with the PAIR Project. Spanish speaking attorneys are encouraged to get involved.
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Youth employment opportunities, like the BBA Summer Jobs positions, provide valuable professional experience to prepare students for their future academic and career endeavors.
Over 700 Boston teens took to the streets last Thursday to advocate for an increase in state funding for youth employment. According to this Boston Globe article, teens are worried that the increase in minimum wage and proposed budget cuts will results in at least 1,000 less jobs this year.
The decrease in the overall number of jobs for Boston teens presents an even greater need for the legal community to take the lead and to support Mayor Walsh’s efforts to provide over 10,000 Boston teens with summer employment by hiring a student (or more than one!) through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
The good news is that the legal community has already stepped up to continue to provide quality summer internships for Boston youth through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. We already have 48 student positions secured, which puts us well on our way to passing last year’s 64 positions
Are you interested in getting involved? Contact Katie D’Angelo at email@example.com for more information on how to hire a student.
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Attorneys volunteered at the Prison Book Program with the New Lawyers Public Service Committee.
The red line issues didn’t deter a group of New Lawyers from traveling to Quincy this weekend to volunteer at the Prison Book Program. The Prison Book Program sends thousands of free books to prisoners every year, and the books offer escape, entertainment, and practical information. Throughout the morning, the volunteers read the prisoner’s request, found the appropriate book for each prisoner, and prepared the books for mailing.
Lianne Henderson, a 3L at New England Law School, organized the volunteer event on behalf of the New Lawyers Public Service Committee. Here’s what she had to say about why new attorneys and law students should take advantage of these volunteer events:
“I think new lawyers and law students should participate in the BBA’s weekend volunteer opportunities because they allow you to see the community in which you work in a different light with people you may not usually work with. It is fun to do some good work while meeting new people, and doing service is a good way to reflect on your life and career and all of the opportunities you have had. “
Are you interested in weekend volunteer opportunities? Don’t miss the opportunity to volunteer at Greater Boston Food Bank on March 21st. Click here to learn more.
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