Free CLE focused on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Orleans Parish

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please join The Pro Bono Project, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Immigration Working Group in a FREE CLE focused on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in Orleans Parish.  Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification provides immigrant children who have been subject to state juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, abandonment, or a similar basis under state law the ability to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States.  This FREE CLE includes an hour of professionalism and ethics!!  We only ask that you agree to take on a case pro bono.  Don’t worry – we can connect you with a case and all the support you may need.  This is a great way to help out some of the most vulnerable of our immigrant community.

If you are new to SIJ, the first (optional) hour is a basic primer on the topic.  Hours 2 through 4 focus on the nuts and bolts of proceedings in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.  Topics include nuts and bolts of appearing in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, issues of service, and issues of evidence.

Registration is available here  Feel free to forward this email to any and all who may be interested.

Kathleen Gasparian
Gasparian Spivey Immigration
829 Baronne St.
New Orleans, LA 70113

U.S. Department of Labor Fines New Orleans Restaurant For Violating Child Labor Laws After Minor Suffers Oil Burns

Dear Stakeholder,

Please find attached a release issued yesterday out of the New Orleans District Office.  Please share with any interested stakeholders.

U.S. Department of Labor Fines New Orleans Restaurant For Violating Child Labor Laws After Minor Suffers Oil Burns

NEW ORLEANS, LA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Jacques-Imo Café – a restaurant based in New Orleans, Louisiana – has paid $55,288 in civil money penalties for violating multiple child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

WHD investigators found the restaurant violated child labor provisions by employing a 13-year-old, which is below the minimum employment age of 14 years. This minor suffered third-degree burns over more than a third of his body when he tripped and fell as he carried hot oil which he emptied from the kitchen’s deep fryer. The FLSA prohibits minor employees from cleaning fryers when the oil temperature exceeds 100 degrees. The investigation also found that this minor, along with a 15-year-old employee, worked beyond the hours permitted for employees less than 16 years old. These minors worked past the evening hour limit of 7:00 p.m. during the school year, or 9:00 p.m. from June 1 through Labor Day, when they worked as late as 1:00 a.m. The minors also worked more than 40 hours per week, more than 8 hours on a non-school day, more than 3 hours on a day when school is in session, all in violation of the law.

“The child labor provisions of the FLSA ensure minors gain a positive work experience that does not hinder their education and well-being,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Troy Mouton in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Companies can avoid child labor violations, penalties, and injuries by understanding and abiding by the FLSA’s child labor provisions. We encourage employers to reach out to us with any questions and to take advantage of the many tools available to them to help them comply with the law.”

Children under 14 who are covered by the FLSA may not be employed in non-agricultural occupations. Youth under 18 are prohibited from operating, setting up, adjusting, repairing, oiling, or cleaning machines deemed hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. Youth ages 14 and 15 may be employed outside school hours in a variety of non-manufacturing and non-hazardous jobs for limited periods of time and under specified conditions.

The Department offers numerous resources to ensure employers have the tools they need to understand their responsibilities and to comply with federal law, such as online videos, electronic toolkits, and in-person visits to local WHD staff.

Employers who discover overtime or minimum wage violations may self-report and resolve those violations without litigation through the PAID program. For more information about the FLSA and other laws enforced by the Division, contact the toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at, including a search tool for workers who may be owed back wages collected by WHD.

WHD’s mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation’s workforce. WHD enforces Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as provided in several immigration related statutes. Additionally, WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.


Wage and Hour Division


September 24, 2019

Release Number


Contact: Chauntra Rideaux

Phone Number



Contact: Juan Rodriguez

Phone Number




William Sabik


Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist
United States Department of Labor

Wage and Hour Division
New Orleans District Office
600 S. Maestri Place, Suite 615
New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 299-1497 office/fax

La Voz de la Comunidad – Partnerships for Success Project Coordinator

LA Voz de la Comunidad
Strategic Prevention Framework – Partnerships for Success Project Coordinator

General Description: To coordinate strategies of the SPF-PFS program action plan. The position answers directly to the PFS project director. The position is full time for 40 hours per week. The project coordinator must be fluent in Spanish. Position salary range is $30,000 to $60,000. Position responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Promote recruitment of stakeholders
  • Coordinate the facilitation of community education, training and special events
  • Participate in media messaging and events at schools, radio, TV, print media, and the Internet (web site and social media) as outlined in action plan
  • Coordinate Media Campaigns as outlined in the action plan
  • Coordinate the Alcohol compliance activities as outlined in the action plan
  • Recruit schools to implement CCYS as outlined in the action plan
  • Recruit schools and community organizations to establish Language Access Policies as outlined in action plan
  • Travel will be required
  • Conduct Responsible Vendor Classes as outlined in the action plan

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the behavioral health sciences or related field; or equivalent professional experience with community coalition building. Two years experience in fundraising, event planning, or working with youth. Strong Spanish language proficiency and ability to travel to multiple locations within the community. Must work flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings, as determined by the program director. Must be able to work independently and able to develop a network of Latino contacts and resources.

NOELA Community Health Center – Job Postings

Bilingual Physical Therapy Assistant\

Vietnamese Family Practice or Internist Nurse Practitioner

Bilingual Vietnamese Medical Assistant/Front Desk