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Student Loan Relief for Former Students of Everest College and Wyotech

LAFLA Staff

For former Everest College and Wyotech students whose schools closed while they were enrolled, we will hold a clinic on July 23 from 2-5 p.m. that explains how you can get your student loans forgiven. If your loans are forgiven, you will not have to pay back the loans you took out to attend Everest Colllege or Wyotech.

Students interested in attending should call (213) 640-3917. Leave your name, phone number, and a message stating that you are registering for the clinic. We will tell you the location of the clinic after you register.

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Commemorating the Struggle: World Refugee Day

Los Angeles Reflects on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the Plight of Unaccompanied Minors in the US, and the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

LAFLA Staff

Recognizing the ongoing refugee crisis in Syria and unaccompanied minors here in the US, as well as the echoes of the Armenian Genocide, the Refugee Forum of Los Angeles will commemorate the struggles of refugees on Thursday, June 25 in West Hollywood.

The event is a way to recognize the resilience of refugees and the diversity of Los Angeles, said Carolina Sheinfeld of the Torture Survivors Project of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Vice-Chair of the Forum. It also combines the celebration of World Refugee Day (June 20), and the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture (June 26). The event is free and open to the public. Last year, about 150 people attended.

More than 20 community organizations will take part in this annual event, including the Jewish Family Service, the International Rescue Committee and Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. Representatives from US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs will be on hand.
Visitors to the midday event can participate at the information fair, enjoy refreshments, music and entertainment. Visitors will receive a "World Refugee Day passport" that they can get stamped at each of the agencies to earn a raffle ticket for a prize.

 

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Joann Lee Appointed to Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force

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Joann Lee, LAFLA Directing Attorney, has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to be a member of the Language Access Plan Implementation Task Force.  Joann has been a leader in the legal community on this vitally important access to justice issue.  More than 200 languages and dialects are spoken in California.  Without proper language assistance, Limited English Proficient (LEP) court users may be excluded from meaningful participation in the judicial court process. In January 2015, the Judicial Council adopted this statewide Language Access Plan (LAP) Report to provide recommendations, guidance, and a consistent statewide approach to ensure language access throughout the courts.  The Language Access Implementation Task Force, chaired by California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, advises the Judicial Council on implementation of the LAP recommendations.
 
For more information on Language Access in the courts, visit http://www.courts.ca.gov/languageaccess.htm

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