Since 1993, the legal community has stepped up to support our community by hiring Boston public high school students through the BBA Summer Jobs Program.
The BBA Summer Jobs Steering Committee has been busy reaching out to law offices throughout the city in an effort to secure more internships for Boston teens through the BBA Summer Jobs Program. If you read this week’s Issue Spot blogpost, you know that the committee’s efforts are even more important this year. Cuts in the state budget coupled with the increase in minimum wage may result in 1,000 fewer summer jobs for youth jobs. The good news is that the legal community has stepped up and 36 employers have already committed to hiring one or more Boston teens. Take a look below to see who’s made the list:
Is your law office interested in supporting the Boston community? Click here to learn more about how you can hire a Boston teen in your office this summer.
Last Monday, an all-star panel of attorneys presented at the Delivery of Legal Service Section’s brown bag on unaccompanied minors. The panelists, including Shannon Erwin (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), Elena Noureddin (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project), and Gaye Özpinar (Law Office of Gay Özpinar), walked the audience through the conditions and situations that many are facing in holding facilities located in southern United States communities.
If you’re not familiar with the recent increase in unaccompanied minors traveling to the United States, here’s the deal: this past summer, the U.S experienced a considerable influx of unaccompanied children emigrating from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala due to the surge in violence in their home countries. Because these families and children are classified as illegal immigrants, they are not afforded the right to counsel. Individuals who have representation have a 50 percent chance of obtaining asylum versus only a 10 percent chance for those who are unrepresented. As a result, many unaccompanied children are being sent back to the dangerous environment from which they are seeking asylum.
Are you interested in helping? Click here to learn how you can volunteer with the PAIR Project. Spanish speaking attorneys are encouraged to get involved.