SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project & The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice: Bond Campaign

SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project is representing Juan Carlos Hernandez Contreras, a man who was arrested in his home during recent ICE raids in Alabama.  The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice is raising money for his bond so he can fight his deportation outside of detention. Please consider donating to Juan’s bond fund! Please visit the campaign page here to donate.

On March 18, heavily armed ICE agents raided Juan Carlos’s home in Hartselle, Alabama. Even though the ICE agents were looking for someone else who did not live there, they took Juan Carlos into custody. He is now detained in Louisiana. On May 3, an immigration judge granted Juan Carlos a $17,000 bond. His family has been able to scrape together $10,000, and now we need your help to raise the remaining $7,000.

Juan Carlos Hernandez Contreras is a kind, hard-working member of the community of Hartselle. He provides not only for his immediate family, but also for his siblings, cousins and grandparents. He is a church member and an avid soccer player. He has no criminal history except for several traffic tickets. His 90-year-old grandparents are having a difficult time without his help.

The raid on Juan Carlos’s home was part of a large-scale ICE enforcement operation that led to the arrest and detention of dozens of community members who we call the Alabama 40. During these larger raids, ICE has been known to use illegal and unconstitutional tactics to get access to homes or make arrests in the street or at traffic stops. These tactics instill fear and hurt immigrant communities at large; Juan Carlos’ relatives now fear answering the door.


Jenna Finkle

Outreach Paralegal | Asistente Legal

Immigrant Justice Project | Proyecto de Justicia Inmigrante

Southern Poverty Law Center

1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 505

New Orleans, LA 70130

Work: (504) 526-1501

Cell: (504) 259-1726





BATON ROUGE (June 27, 2017) – On June 12, 2017 Governor John Bel Edwards signed Act 129 into law – providing relief to thousands of Louisiana residents living in homes without proof of ownership.

Act 96, the Louisiana Small Successions Act, was introduced by Representative Paula Davis, with the help of Louisiana Appleseed, a law-related nonprofit, and its team of attorney volunteers, led by Patty McMurray of Baker Donelson. The Act, which passed unanimously through the House and Senate, further expands the use of the heirship affidavit, a mechanism that allows the passage or transfer of ownership of inherited property to the legal heir(s) by placing legal title with them when the decedent’s interest in the property does not exceed $125,000. Prior law capped use of the less expensive and easier process to estates valued at $75,000 or less. The new law also allows families to use the affidavit process for estates of any value in which the person died more than 20 years ago.

After the 2016 floods, many low-income homeowners throughout Louisiana discovered that they were unable to qualify for government disaster relief funds because they lived in homes for which they did not have clear title. This means that government records did not show them as the homeowner. Thousands of people throughout Louisiana live in homes that have been passed down through several generations by family agreement, but outside of the legal system. This type of ownership is referred to as heir property. More families will now be able to clear the legal title to the property by using the heirship affidavit.

Patty McMurray, Louisiana Appleseed volunteer, stated “the use of the heirship affidavit was so widespread after 2009, demand arose to broaden its use. This is what motivated us to continue succession reform and simplification for small estates.”

Laura Tuggle, Executive Director of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the largest nonprofit law firm serving low-income people in Louisiana whose agency leads a collaborative disaster title clearing project, commented, “The heirship affidavit helps homeowners cost effectively and more quickly prove ownership of their property. This is critical to disaster recovery, helping homeowners qualify for loans, and to preventing blight in our communities.”

Louisiana Appleseed has distributed thousands of educational brochures to the public as a means of raising awareness of the importance and necessity of having clear title to inherited or donated property and how to achieve it through the use of heirship affidavits. Louisiana Appleseed Executive Director Christy Kane added, “Act 96’s further expansion of the use of the heirship affidavit is another step in providing even more low-income homeowners with the tools to protect their property, helping Louisiana residents to build wealth and to rebuild our region.”


Christy Kane, Executive Director, Louisiana Appleseed, 504.561.7312, ckane@appleseednetwork.org

Tara Richard, Program Director, Louisiana Appleseed, 504.561.7304, trichard@appleseednetwork.org

Patty McMurray, Partner, Baker Donelson, 225.381.7041



Louisiana Appleseed recruits professionals to donate pro bono time to solve problems at their root cause. Our goal is to advance social justice by effecting change at the policy, or systemic, level. Louisiana Appleseed’s projects seek to increase access to education, opportunity and justice. Since 2007, Louisiana Appleseed has worked with volunteer attorneys, lawmakers and community groups to address the heir property issue head-on, working to solve the problem at the systemic, or policy, level. Louisiana Appleseed recently became part of a collaborative with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Southern University Law Center, LSU Law Center and the Baton Rouge Bar Association to further policy-related efforts, as well as direct services for heir property owners. For more information, visit www.FloodProofLa.org or call 1-844-244-7871.


NCIHC Home for Trainers August 11th Webinar for Interpreter Trainers

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM Central (6:00 PM Eastern; 3:00 PM Pacific) 

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The live webinar presentation will take place on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST.

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Simultaneous interpreting is tested by one of the national certifying entities for healthcare interpreters, yet trainers do not always include it in their offerings and sometimes interpreters are ill equipped or hesitant to use it in a medical context. This webinar will address these gaps on why and how to teach simultaneous interpreting to healthcare interpreters, and is structured with them in mind, presenting 1) the reasoning and context of training interpreters in this mode, and 2) the techniques and tools for doing so. The presenter will discuss a bit of theoretical underpinnings, best practices for simultaneous, a decision-making tool for when to use it, practical ways to incorporate it into classroom-based and remote education, outcome measures, and how to provide constructive feedback. Current technological options will be heavily featured – no need for tape decks or audio labs!

Learning objectives:

After attending this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the reasoning and context for teaching simultaneous interpreting to healthcare interpreters
  • Present students with the best practices and a decision-making tree for using simultaneous in healthcare settings
  • Measure a student’s performance in simultaneous mode
  • Provide constructive feedback to students who are learning simultaneous
  • Employ current technological tools in their classroom-based and remote courses

About Elena Langdon, M.A., CT, CoreCHITM

A Brazilian at heart, Elena Langdon has worked as an interpreter and translator since 2000. She is certified by the American Translators Association as a translator (Portuguese into English) and by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters as a core-certified healthcare interpreter. She holds a Master’s in Translation Studies and has been teaching interpreting and translation since 2005. Elena was chairperson of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters and currently helps produce webinars for interpreter trainers for the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care. She recently left a full-time job supervising 50+ hospital interpreters in Massachusetts to focus on teaching and language access consulting.

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Public Works Committee Meeting to Address Broken Catch Basin Backlog

Upcoming Public Works Committee Meeting to Address Broken Catch Basin Backlog
Councilmember-At-Large Stacy Head
NEW ORLEANS – On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, the New Orleans City Council Public Works Committee will meet. The agenda will include a discussion of the years-long backlog of broken and missing catch basins in the City of New Orleans.
Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head has made the repair and replacement of broken or missing catch basins one of her highest priorities. In the 2017 budget, the Mayor Mitch Landrieu listed a $3 Million one-time expenditure to “eliminate the drainage point repair backlog.” As of May 17, 2017, the Department of Public Works had not yet completed those repairs.
“It is a fundamental obligation of the City to provide its citizens with basic services such as a functioning drainage system. Our government must provide these basics before anything else is funded,” said Councilmember Head. “I took the administration’s word that this would be resolved by this summer but to date, none of the catch basins in the back log have been repaired and the list keeps growing. At the committee meeting, I will be demanding answers, not excuses, about whether that money was actually spent and how the administration plans to address this growing problem.” She added, “Our citizens need no more promises about what will be done in the future. We need the administration to start repairing and replacing the catch basins.”
In June of 2016, the Department of Public Works reported that there were approximately 3,600 open 311 requests for street flooding or other drainage issues. At that time, there were an estimated 200 drainage point repairs and 750 catch basin repair or replacements outstanding.
Councilmember Head has requested that a representative from the Landrieu administration attend the July 26 meeting and be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What was the amount and source of dollars budgeted in 2017 for catch basin replacements and repairs, clean-outs, and drainage point repairs?
  • How has the Department of Public Works used the budgeted money?
  • How many catch basins have been cleaned and repaired or replaced and how many drainage point repairs have been completed since January 1, 2017?
  • What are the remaining number of catch basin replacements, repairs, or clean-outs and drainage point repairs documented (through 311 and DPW)?
  • What is the estimated cost and timeline to reduce that number to zero?
  • Prioritizing funding for fundamental services such as basic infrastructure has been a priority of Head’s throughout her term on the New Orleans City Council. In May of 2017, she announced #Back2BasicsNOLA, a social media campaign designed to collect and share examples of broken catch basins, lingering blight, and unsafe parks. She is calling on citizens to attend the meeting and demand that basic City services be funded before anything else in the City budget.
Katie Baudouin
Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head
New Orleans City Council 
The New Orleans City Council is the legislative branch of New Orleans city government. The Council considers and enacts all local laws that govern the City of New Orleans. The Council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City, as recommended by the mayor, and continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The City Council is also the regulatory body for public utilities. It also reviews and has final say on many land use and zoning matters, as well as considers major economic development projects for the City. As a Board of Review for Orleans Parish, the Council examines appeals of property tax assessments for real estate taxes, and certifies tax rolls to the Louisiana Tax Commission. Other responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the operation of the public access television in Orleans Parish. Streaming video and video archives of the City Council’s Regular and Committee meetings can be found on the City Council website.

The City Council is comprised of five districts and two councilmembers-at-large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Jason R. Williams; District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Guidry; District “B” Councilmember LaToya Cantrell; District “C” Councilmember Nadine M. Ramsey; District “D” Councilmember Jared C. Brossett; and District “E” Councilmember James Austin Gray II.

Latina Entrepreneurs Judges for ILI TIME Challenge in New Orleans, October 26th

Dear Colleague:

I hope you had a good weekend.

Can you refer me to one or more Latina entrepreneurs who might be interested and available in being a judge for the ILI TIME Challenge in New Orleans on October 26th?
They can be from anywhere in the country/world. If they are southern US based even better.
Entrepreneurial expertise (have and are running their own company) track record in any of the following subject areas would be great:
  • Technology (STEM)
  • Communication
  • Fund/Capital/Finance
  • Marketing/PR/Branding
  • Architecture/Construction/Real Estate
Depending on her business and or product she would also have an opportunity to present it to the Forum attendees on that day.
The way the 26th is shaping up is the first 1/2 of the day will be presentations by the judges on what they are doing/bring/brought to the market place.  The 2nd part of the day would be judging the ideas the collage students come up with on moving the NASA technology to the market place and or new ideas/uses (adaptive) for the tech. This is subject to change as the planning is finalized.
You can share the link (www.ili360.org/timechallenge) and attached PDF with the women you think might be interested.  They can reach out to me to find out more.
mobile: 404.909.3276

Job Posting: The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI)

The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) is currently hiring a Project Coordinator for our new deportation defense initiative at LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, LA.


The Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI) provides high-quality, holistic pro bono legal representation to immigrants detained in the southeastern United States. By ensuring that skilled attorneys are available to protect detained immigrants’ due process rights, the SIFI endeavors to win every meritorious deportation defense case arising out of Trump-era immigration enforcement actions. SIFI was developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and is a collaboration between SPLC, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the American Immigration Council (Council), and the Innovation Law Lab (Law Lab). The American Immigration Representation Project (AIRP) is supporting SIFI and is working with the Council to expand pro bono support.


The SIFI Project Coordinator will manage daily operations for a team of full-time staff and pro-bono attorneys, in order to provide the highest quality legal case support to individuals detained in the LaSalle Detention Center in Jena, Louisiana.


Please see the job description for more details and information on how to apply: https://careers-splcenter.icims.com/jobs/1147/sifi-project-coordinator/job


Feel free to reach out if you or potential applicants have any questions!






Jenna Finkle

Outreach Paralegal | Asistente Legal

Immigrant Justice Project | Proyecto de Justicia Inmigrante

Southern Poverty Law Center

1055 St. Charles Avenue, Suite 505

New Orleans, LA 70130

Work: (504) 526-1501

Cell: (504) 259-1726