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Vanessa Coe

2011, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Vanessa Coe

Vanessa Coe

Name of Host Organization: Florida Legal Services
City, State: Lake Worth, Florida
Issue area: Workers' Rights, Immigrant Populations, Farmworkers
Sponsors: The Florida Bar Foundation

The Project

H2-B workers are often the victims of employment law violations. Frequently, staffing agencies do the recruitment for the American companies. The labor broker earns his fee by charging the workers a fee and then later by taking a percentage of the hourly rate of the new employees. The workers often earn less than minimum wage, work excessive overtime, pay high housing charges, leaving the worker in high debt. I will work to represent H-2B workers against the those benefiting from their work.

Biography

Hometown:

Orlando, Florida

Law school:

Making the connection:

I was interested in social justice long before law school but in law school I found how I could use my legal training to make the greatest change.

Surviving law school:

I survived law school by being extremely active in public service; it put a purpose to it all for me.

Recommended books:

Anything Hemingway but in particular A Farewell to Arms

Favorite website(s):

www.nytimes.com

Words to live by:

“The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.” -Helen Keller:

Charity sees the need, not the cause.