Volunteers Needed for LBAW Immigration Clinic, IACHR Expresses Concern over Solitary Confinement in US, New Report on Affordable Housing Strategies & Seattle Times Editorial and Frontline Documentary on Rape of Migrant Farmworker Women

Volunteers Still Needed for July 28 Immigration Legal Clinic at Hispanic SeaFair

LBAWlogoThe Latina/o Bar Association of Washington (LBAW)  is still in need of attorney and non-attorney (aka law students) volunteers to help out at the Immigration Legal Clinic to be held during Hispanic SeaFair THIS Sunday, July 28th.  Volunteers are asked to arrive 30 minutes early at 1:30 p.m.  Your help would be much appreciated!

Law student volunteers are needed for help with intakes and interpretation.

When? 2-4pm, Sunday,  July 28

Where? Seattle Center, Next 50 Pavillion

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Expresses Concern over Excessive Use of Solitary Confinement in the United States

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July 18, 2013, Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern as to the causes of a widespread hunger strike taking place in high number of prisons across the State of California, which allegedly originated as a form of protest against the exessive use of solitary confinement. The IACHR urges federal and state authorities to take the necessary measures to bring about the resolution of this situation and to restrict the use of solitary confinement of prisoners in accordinace with the international human rights standards. Continue reading full press release here.

New NY Appleseed Report: “Preserving Affordable Housing in  Gentrifying Neighborhoods: Strategies to Prevent Displacement

AppleseedThis is an exciting and comprehensive overview of federal, state and local housing program tools for advocates.

To address growing concerns with gentrification in NYC, this manual compiles known strategies for preserving affordable housing -tools currently available in NY and tools available only in other jurisdictions which community-based groups, legislators and policy makers may wish to consider.

Make no mistake, this manual will be immensely useful for affordable housing advocates across the country.

This manual outlines preservation tools that can apply to a wide range of properties, irrespective of whether they presently participate in an affordable housing program. In the “Practical Application” sections the authors note the specific issues that the programs at issue can address most effectively.

Specific affordable housing programs discussed include:
•Section 8 programs
•Rent regulation
•Section 236
•Section 202 fi nancing
•Mitchell-Lama
•Low Income Housing Tax Credits
•Other HUD funding

Read and download the full manual for free here.

Seattle Times Editorial: Stop sexual harassment in U.S. agriculture

Rape in the FieldsRape and sexual assault in U.S. agricultural settings across rural America, from fields to processing plants, is drawing overdue attention

July 18, 2013–The enduring legacy of a recent PBS “Frontline” documentary will be the light shed on a subject deep in the shadows: sexual assault in the U.S. agricultural industry.

From the nation’s largest apple-growing operation, northwest of Yakima, to the citrus groves of Florida, women have been assaulted for generations.

“Rape in the Fields” details the human, legal and economic issues at play and, most important, sends the message the behavior will no longer occur with anonymous impunity. Read more here.

Watch Rape in the Fields on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.