On March 8, 2017, Outten & Golden LLP’s San Francisco office hosted an award ceremony as part of the firm’s Eighth Annual Public Interest Award program. The New York office hosted a similar award ceremony on March 2, 2017.
Outten & Golden typically honors one organization each year that is engaged in cutting-edge grassroots activities to protect and enforce the rights of workers, particularly low-wage workers. This year, given the enhanced risks to such workers, the firm decided to honor four organizations, instead of one, that are engaged in resisting actions by the new Administration that adversely affect at-risk workers; each award consists of $17,500. In addition, Outten & Golden has created a Resistance Task Force to coordinate the firm’s efforts to protect the interests of such workers.
The New York event honored the Council on American Islamic Relations (“CAIR”) New York, New York State Youth Leadership Council (“NYSYLC”), and Youth Represent. The awardee in San Francisco was Centro Legal de la Raza.
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) New York is the New York State affiliate of the country’s largest Muslim civil rights group. CAIR New York fights for the civil rights of Muslim New Yorkers in every area of life, including in employment discrimination, national security harassment, and hate crimes. To learn more, please visit http://www.cair-ny.org/.
New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC) is an undocumented-youth-led organization in New York. It works to empower immigrant youth through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and self-expression. NYSYLC has long advocated on behalf of undocumented immigrant youth and is committed to protecting their rights and fighting back. To learn more, please visit https://www.nysylc.org/.
Youth Represent helps young people who, due to encounters with the criminal justice system, face unfair discrimination as they pursue jobs, education housing, and stable family lives. When our justice system creates barriers to success for young people, Youth Represent uses the law to help them leave the stigma of a criminal record behind. To learn more, please visit http://www.youthrepresent.org/.
Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income, and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. Centro Legal promotes access to justice for thousands of individuals and families each year throughout Northern and Central California. To learn more, please visit http://centrolegal.org/.
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