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Katherine Londono

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Katherine Londono

Katherine Londono

Name of Host Organization: Make the Road New Jersey
City, State: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: The Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation

The Project

Provide direct representation, policy advocacy, and community outreach to ensure low-income immigrant women throughout New Jersey have access to earned sick time and paid family and medical leave.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Thirteen municipalities in New Jersey have passed earned sick leave policies that guarantee access to paid sick leave for hundreds of thousands of private sector workers. Many immigrant women do not know that they can take paid maternity or family leave because of language barriers and lack of access of information. When immigrant women are denied leave or fired or punished for asking for leave, there are no local pro bono or public interest attorneys that regularly provide representation.
The Right Person For This Project
Katherine is the right person for the project because:
• As the daughter of Latino immigrants, she has the cultural competency needed to effectively serve immigrant communities
• She has experience providing legal services and community education to low-income immigrant workers
• She is a fluent Spanish speaker, which will allow her to communicate directly with Latino workers who speak Spanish and little to no English
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Katherine will:
• Attend community meetings and events
• Develop bilingual community outreach materials
• Build and strengthen partnerships with local and statewide community organizations and service providers
• Begin offering legal advice and direct representation