2019

Archive: October 2019

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2019

Posted on October 10, 2019

Bet Tzedek partners with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to provide immigration legal services to undocumented children in L.A’s foster care system. In the first six months, the project sees over 290 unaccompanied immigration children. Bet Tzedek advocate Kim Selfon testifies before the Assembly Health Committee on how AB1088 will help elderly Californians keep Medi-Cal and home care services. The bill is signed in to law in the fall of 2019, marking an important step forward for California seniors and their caregivers. In partnership with the California Low Income Consumer Coalition, Bet Tzedek successfully advocates…

2018

Posted on January 3, 2019

Bet Tzedek, in collaboration with the LA City Attorney’s office and other local organizations, successfully secured over $1M in restitution for approximately 60 car wash employees who were victims of alleged wage theft. The award is believed to be the largest ever paid in restitution to car wash workers here in Los Angeles. Our Employment Rights Program has obtained nearly $40M in judgements and settlements for workers since its inception in 2001. Bet Tzedek, with Irell & Manella LLP and Public Counsel, filed twin class actions lawsuits on behalf of thousands of LA County homeowners alleging financial elder abuse by…

2017

Posted on January 3, 2019

The Judicial Council of California honored Bet Tzedek with its Distinguished Service Award recognizing our 40 years of service providing free legal services, with special recognition for our Family Preparedness Project serving undocumented parents. The LA County Board of Supervisors publicly commended Bet Tzedek for its leadership in combating elder abuse. This followed Bet Tzedek’s hosting of a statewide symposium on the financial elder abuse attended by over 200 service providers.  

2016

Posted on May 1, 2017

Bet Tzedek’s Low-Income Tax Clinic crosses the million dollar milestone upon winning a total of $1.1 million in refunds and savings for its clients since its founding in 2014. Bet Tzedek now provides assistance to approximately 70% of all conservatorship filings in Los Angeles County.

2015

Posted on May 1, 2017

Bet Tzedek and its pro bono partners settle the largest employment class action lawsuit in the Inland Empire history, recouping $20 million in stolen wages for low-wage workers. Our work to protect low-income tenant, garment workers and people living with HIV received three State Bar of California President’s Awards. Bet Tzedek and its Kindship Care Program successfully co-sponsor AB 900 which will help children stay in safe, supportive homes with legal guardians.

2014

Posted on May 1, 2017

Bet Tzedek’s Board of Directors appoints Jessie Kornberg President & CEO, the first woman to hold the position in the agency’s history. Recognized as a rising star in the field of law, Korberg brings her commitment to social justice, litigation and pro bono service to bear on the agency’s path forward. Through its Kinship Care Program, Bet Tzedek educates lawmakers about the need for uniform application of probate laws, particularly as they relate to unaccompanied minors. This leads to the passage of SD 873 and Bet Tzedek’s first-of-its kind victory in the appellate court which preserved the right for immigrant…

2013

Posted on May 1, 2017

Bet Tzedek leads a five-agency collaborative – the California Consumer Justice Coalition – to help Southern Californians caught in the state’s foreclosure crisis. With the funding from the State Attorney General’s National Mortgage Settlement Funds, the coalition’s attorneys and housing counselors walk consumers through their rights and responsibilities. To address the myriad of legal issues associated with the crisis, the coalition launches a user-friendly consumer-focused website. In partnership with the Superior Court of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek’s Self-Help Conservatorship Clinic helps families and caregivers navigate the complexities of the probate court’s conservatorship requirement. Nearly 1,500 litigants, who would have had…

2011

Posted on May 1, 2017

400 carwash workers represented by Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project win the largest monetary settlement, $1 million, to date in a landmark class action lawsuit with a carwash employer in California.

2010

Posted on May 1, 2017

Bet Tzedek’s four courthouse-based Self-Help Conservatorship Clinics assist 1,200 self-represented litigants, a three-fold increase in just three years. Bet Tzedek partners with Saint Francis Medical Center, part of the Daughters of Charity Health System, to form a medical-legal partnership in which attorneys and medical staff work together to alleviate the social determinants that cause or worsen 60% of health conditions.

2009

Posted on May 1, 2017

The Holocaust Survivors Justice Network receives both the National Law Journal’s Pro Bono Award and the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publica Award. Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project wins the first civil jury verdict in a human trafficking case litigated under the California Trafficking Victims Protection Act. The jury awarded $768,000 to the plaintiff, including $500,000 in punitive damages, claiming a spot in the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s list of top 10 “High Impact” verdicts in California. The Employment Rights Project successfully advocats for the extension of California’s Car Wash Worker Law, AB 236, aimed at preventing exploitation of workers.

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