Governor Newsom’s First Budget Includes Millions for Historically Insolvent Restitution Fund Los Angeles, CA – Garment workers are the backbone of L.A.’s manufacturing sector. They contribute to the profitability of California’s massive retail industry, but tens of thousands of garment workers are routinely underpaid—or not paid at all—for work performed. Most never recoup Continue Reading »
As we race through 2019, with more work to do to repair a broken justice system than ever, it’s good to take a look back at 2018, and reflect on real progress made together last year.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Smith (D-Santa Clarita) and joint-author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) moved forward AB 629 to help human trafficking victims rebuild their lives. The bill is cosponsored by the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) and Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Assembly Bill 629 would make human trafficking victims eligible to receive compensation Continue Reading »
In the words of Bet Tzedek Attorney Jenna Miara, “There is a much better way to get green energy improvements in LA County. It cannot be on the backs of low-income consumers who get saddled with these loans that are tied to their homes.” KCRW reporter Anna Scott writes about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Continue Reading »
Bet Tzedek is part of a coalition of advocates working to respond to a new proposed “Public Charge” rule from the the Homeland Security Department. The rule, if finalized, would threaten low-income older adult immigrants’ ability to enter the U.S. or their path to citizenship if they seek, or are likely to receive, help from Continue Reading »
L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Tuesday that his office, in collaboration with Bet Tzedek and other local organizations, successfully secured over $1M in restitution for approximately 60 car wash employees who were victims of alleged wage theft. According to Feuer, this is believed to be “the most significant amount ever paid in Continue Reading »
Friends, Do people ever ask you what it means that Bet Tzedek is a Jewish organization? I get asked from time to time. I got asked all the time when I first started here. I used to respond that Bet Tzedek was as Jewish as the questioner: not very Jewish at all if you weren’t Continue Reading »
Tayo Michiko delivers mail for the United States Postal Service. It’s hard to deliver mail all day in the heat while wearing a chest binder. Tayo has also felt physically uncomfortable participating in activities he loves such as hiking, dancing, and performing in martial arts, where he is asked to train with women. USPS career Continue Reading »