Following an investigation I conducted for In These Times last year that exposed wage theft in New Mexico’s chile fields, it looked as though New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) was taking action to ensure that chileros (chile pickers) and other farmworkers in the state were finally going to get the pay they’re legally…
It took Joel and Estela Acosta a week to move everything out of their home of 16 years. Unable to afford a storage unit, the couple has moved many of their belongings to the yard of a house they’ve rented across the street. That yard is cluttered with cribs piled high with baby clothes, boxes…
The State Bar of Texas recently honored a Victoria attorney for her work protecting impoverished people from debt collectors. To read the entire article, click here.
The William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law honored six graduating students from The University of Texas School of Law’s Class of 2014 for their extraordinary commitment during law school to using the law to serve others. To read the entire article, click here.
In Hidalgo County, justice isn’t blind. Judges at the Hidalgo County Courthouse allowed local politicians and power players to hand-pick prospective grand jurors for the March to June term, according to records from the District Clerk’s Office obtained through a public information request. To read the entire article, click here.
Twenty-three Texans claim in court that Pioneer Hi-Bred International paid them less than minimum wage for detasseling corn in Indiana under threat that “taking a bathroom break or stopping to drink water would affect their end-of-season bonus.” To read the entire article, click here.
Thelma Williams, 79, could lose the home she has lived in since 1982. In December, Champion Mortgage, a subsidiary of Nationstar Mortgage, filed a reverse mortgage foreclosure application despite Williams’ attempts to pay delinquent property tax and insurance payments. To read the entire article, click here.
Contact: Cynthia Martinez, Communications Director * 512-374-2764 * firstname.lastname@example.org EL PASO, Texas – May 9, 2014 – Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) has received a grant of $1321 from the El Paso Bar Foundation to support an educational initiative aimed at empowering the El Paso homeless community with knowledge of their legal rights.