BLF’s 2011-2012 Fellow Lydia Edwards, who is working at the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston, MA, recently secured a grant from the Miller Foundation to support her Domestic Worker Mediation Project. The grant will pay for the training of domestic workers and progressive employers in the co-mediation model to help mediate workplace disputes between domestic workers and the families who they work for. One of the goals of the project is to build capacity and worker leaders who will be able to one day teach mediation to other workers in a number of different languages, including Haitian, Creole, Spanish and Portuguese.
Lydia is also working with nine clients, drafting contracts for live-in domestic workers, and giving workshops at churches and other local organizations. She is also working to organize the first annual Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers convention this spring which will bring together domestic workers from around the state to get their leadership and input on a local campaign for a domestic workers bill of rights and a national campaign to provide a pathway to citizenship and fill the care gap.
Congratulations to BLF Phoenix Fellow Yanin Senachai, who has earned a 2012-2014 Skadden Fellowship. Yanin, who will be graduating from Berkeley Law in spring 2012, will be working at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center representing trafficked and exploited Thai low wage workers. Congratulations Yanin!
2010-2011 BLF Fellow Daniel Redman recently completed his year-long fellowship, and was a lead author of a pioneering new guide for LGBT elders published by the National Center for Lesbian Rights in December 2011. The guide, called “Navigating the System: A Know-Your-Rights Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders in California”—is designed as a resource to empower and help protect California’s LGBT elders who often are targets of discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Congratulations to Daniel for his excellent work!