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 for the passage of SB616. Signed into law on October 8, 2019, SB 616 exempts $1,724 from the levy, ensuring that low-income Californians, in particular, will still be able to meet minimum living expenses if a debt collector levies their bank account.  This change brings California into line with 16 other states with similar exemptions. The exemption does not erase the debt, but it does prevent a debt levy from creating a situation where a person cannot access some reserve funds to pay for rent, medication, transportation or other urgent expenses and therefore falls further into debt, joblessness, and even homelessness. 
  • In October 2019, Assembly Bill (AB) 629 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom. The bill creates parity within California’s Victim Compensation Program (VCP) and seeks justice for victims of human trafficking, allowing them to receive compensation from the economic losses as a direct result of their being trafficked and including an updated formula for restitution. This victory represents over three-years of advocacy work on the part of Bet Tzedek and our partner CAST. 

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