Meet José Alonso, and October eNewsletter

Eight years ago, straight out of law school, José Alonso joined LAF and never looked back.  Now a Senior Attorney in LAF’s Immigrants and Workers’ Rights Practice Group, José has made himself irreplaceable at LAF.  José works with immigrants, migrants, and seasonal agricultural workers across the state in cases as diverse as wage theft, domestic…

New White House Initiative Focuses on Legal Aid

On September 24, the White House announced the establishment of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. President Barack Obama released a statement including a six-part plan to make the justice system more accessible by people living in poverty in the United States. The president believes that by making legal aid a part of existing federal…

Poverty Prevents Long-Term Planning

Much of the political rhetoric surrounding poverty focuses on blaming the poor for their situation, and chides them for their lack of self-control.  It often argues that if people living in poverty had better self-control, they could plan for the future and improve their lives.  A recent article published by New Republic sheds some light…