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The Administration's effort to terminate the DACA program is now pending before the Supreme Court, which will announce its crucial decision in June 2020.

In the meantime, the Equal Justice Center joined in an amicus brief filed with the Court, has continued providing urgent legal assistance to safeguard Dreamers legal protections, and will continue to provide vital legal counsel and assistance to Dreamers whatever ruling is issued by the Supreme Court.

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When: October 3, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where: Peter Pan Mini-Golf, 1207 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

Click on the link above for more information. We hope to see you there.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (June 15, 2018) — Workers recruited from Jamaica and other countries to work in hospitality businesses in Oklahoma on the J-1 exchange visitor visa program filed a federal labor trafficking lawsuit today, alleging they were induced to pay high recruitment fees and then paid less money than they had been promised, denied the full-time hours they were told they would receive, charged high fees for crowded and inadequate housing, and threatened with financial and/or physical harm if they left their jobs.

Responding to the election outcome, the Equal Justice Center is mobilizing to defend justice for immigrants and protect the integrity of our communities from the new threats they may now face.

Austin American Statesman / Ahora Si!, Nov 22, 2016:

"Una nueva organización, Texas Here to Stay (no nos vamos de Texas), reunirá los esfuerzos de distintos grupos pro inmigrantes y ofrecerá asesorías legales, anunció la portavoz Megan Sheffield durante una conferencia el lunes 21 en el Consulado de México en Austin. Su trabajo empezará con una serie de clínicas “Know Your Rights” (conoce tus derechos), las cuales empiezan en diciembre para ofrecer consultas sobre temas migratorios.

Austin American-Statesman, Nov 22, 2016:
"A new organization, Texas Here to Stay, will link efforts of immigrant assistance groups and provide legal clinics, spokeswoman Megan Sheffield announced during a news conference Monday at the Consulate General of Mexico’s Austin offices. Its work will kick off with a series of “Know Your Rights” clinics starting in December to provide legal and immigration information."
Though local advocacy groups have worked together informally for years, the outcome of the presidential election led them to them come together formally, said Sheffield, an attorney with the Equal Justice Center. Read the full story

The Equal Justice Center's staff and clients invite you and your family to take part in the Equal Justice Center's 15th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser at Peter Pan Mini-Golf in Austin, Texas.

EJC attorney Gabriela Vega was selected by the Latino Center for Leadership Development - LCLD to be a member of the 2016-2017 Leadership Academy Class.

The Leadership Academy is an educational and leadership training program aimed at providing promising leaders with a set of knowledge, skills, experiences, and networks necessary to assume and succeed in positions of impact with a focus on policy-making roles and elected office.

RESCHEDULED RAIN DATE CELEBRATION at PETER PAN MINI-GOLF (click on the story link for more information)

The Equal Justice Center has launched an innovative new project to combat the scourge of sexual assault in the workplace and to provide survivors of sexual assault with expert legal assistance on employment-related matters.

EJC is honored by our many friends who joined us and by the support of our event sponsors.

This Clinic, which is a partnership between the UT Law School and the Equal Justice Center, allows law students to gain hands-on employment litigation experience as part of their law school education. The law students receive expert legal training and supervision from EJC attorneys, including Bill Beardall, who also serves as a clinical professor at the Law School and director of the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. As this case illustrates, the law students get not only a valuable legal education, but also the experience of using the law to empower regular working people to win justice and uphold their dignity.