LCCR in The Nation puts human face on plight of unaccompanied minors
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“Who Counts as a Refugee in US Immigration Policy—and Who Doesn’t”, written by Pablo Lastra, Asylum Program Coordinator, and published in The Nation, tells the story of 17 year old Giovani who came to the United States alone from El Salvador. This portrayal of Giovani’s journey provides much needed insight to the complexities surrounding the plight of unaccompanied minors who literally risk life and limb in search of refuge. Read the full article here


In other news, the Lawyers’ Committee is proud to report that as part of a coalition of civil rights groups, our efforts have brought us a step closer to ensuring equal access to voting rights for all in California. SB 1365, a bill to strengthen the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), was approved by the State Assembly on August 11. If it becomes law, it will guard against the deleterious effects of the 2013 United States Supreme Court ruling in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, which threatens to restrict and/or dilute voting rights across the nation. Read the full article from California Newswire here
We hope you will find a moment to read this important coverage. 

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy.

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