(Photo by Flickr user Alexis Lewis, used under a Creative Commons license)
Community Legal Services (CLS) is a 20-minute walk from Chinatown, where the majority of Asian immigrants are Chinese, and a short subway ride from South Philly, where a significant proportion of immigrants are Vietnamese.
These groups also have the highest rates of poverty and limited English proficiency. Yet, very few of them are walking through the organization’s doors. Chi-Ser Tran, a new fellow with CLS, is aiming to change that.
“There has been very little attention paid to this group. Not many legal services organizations have had the resources to expand services [to them],” Tran said.
Tran said CLS has noticed a trend in Asian immigrants being underpaid. Employers are either not paying overtime or not paying the minimum wage.
Their immigrant status, said Tran, makes them hesitant to seek help.
“If someone is undocumented, they might feel very reluctant to come forth because their status makes them very vulnerable,” she said.
Tran is hosting free legal clinics for Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants in Philadelphia. Right now, they’ve been happening irregularly, but she’s hoping to make them a consistent form of outreach for an often overlooked community.
The next clinic is Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Chinese Christian Church, 225 N. 10th St. Anyone interested in knowing about future clinics can email Tran at email@example.com or call the Philadelphia Asian American Workers Rights Project hotline at 215-981-3732.-30-
From our Partners
Más allá del modelo de promotoras: estos proyectos también se centran en el bienestar de los inmigrantes
St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children is focused on feeding refugee and immigrant populations affected by COVID-19
Looking for a nonprofit job? Looking to hire? 5 tips from Omar Woodard and Farrah Parkes
Inscripción Doble en Congreso: Lo que trae el futuro
The memo barring immigrants from being included in the Census is ‘further motivation to be counted’
Al igual que las organizaciones cambian el modelo de promotora para lidiar con COVID-19, las fundaciones cambian su patrocinio
Beyond the promotora model: These projects are focused on immigrant wellness in culturally distinct ways
Dual Enrollment at Congreso: Where does it go from here?
Mental Health Partnerships
Manager – Marketing Business DevelopmentApply Now
The Workshop School & Building 21
School Technology CoordinatorApply Now
Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity