Why DOJ ordered these Seattle lawyers to stop helping some immigrants; Case Studies in Defender/Civil Program Collaboration; Federal Lawsuit Challenges King County’s Solitary Confinement of Imprisoned Children

Why DOJ ordered these Seattle lawyers to stop helping some immigrantsNWIRP Logo

By Liz Jones, KUOW

“The cease and desist order came as a shock. It was from the U.S. Justice Department, ordering a group of Seattle lawyers to stop helping in some deportation cases.

The lawyers contend DOJ’s action could cut off free legal help for thousands of immigrants across the country, and they’re fighting back with a lawsuit.

“It has a dramatic impact,” said Matt Adams, legal director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), the group suing the Justice Department. “More than 30 organizations and firms have issued declarations, talking about how the government’s cease and desist order would create havoc with the services they’re providing around the country.”

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California bosses can no longer ask about your previous salary

By Margot Roosevelt, The Orange County Register

“Previous salary? A bill in Sacramento to outlaw that question is getting bipartisan support. Salary history information is widely viewed as one reason why women still make 79 centers for every buck a man makes more than 50 years after the practice was outlawed nationally.”

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Free Webinar: Join us to learn about Case Studies in Defender/Civil Program Collaboration

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time: 12:00-1:30 pm

This webinar will showcase successful Defender/Civil program partnerships that are supported with Federal Funds. Presenters will discuss their experience in obtaining funding, challenges and successes of working together, and where their program is in the future. This webinar is created as one session in a 5-part series.

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Columbia Legal Services:  Federal Lawsuit Challenges King County’s Solitary Confinement of Imprisoned Children and Denial of Educational Service

“Children imprisoned at King County’s Regional Justice Center (“RJC”) in Kent, Washington, filed a class action lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging King County’s policies and practices of holding children in long-term solitary conferment and denying adequate educational services.”

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