Daniel Pham

  • Hosted by Equal Justice Center
  • Sponsored by Texas Access to Justice Foundation
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school Duke University School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Daniel will help build the first legal aid office in Houston specializing in employment law assistance for immigrant and low-wage working men and women regardless of their immigration status.

Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city and by some measures its most diverse. Employment exploitation is widespread in Houston and the surrounding region, in large part because low-income working people have little access to the justice system and to legal representation that would give them full power to enforce their employment rights. Until now, Houston has lacked a law office specifically focused on enforcing the basic employment rights of low-wage workers. Crucially, this project will open access to justice (1) for those working people whose immigration status makes them ineligible for federally-funded legal assistance; and (2) for those who may be citizens or authorized immigrants but are afraid to assert their basic employment rights because they have family members who are undocumented and hence vulnerable.

Fellowship Plans

Daniel will help spearhead and shape a pioneering new employment justice legal aid office that the Equal Justice Center (EJC) is building in Houston. Daniel will engage in direct representation of low-wage workers, regardless of their immigration status, and use civil litigation to combat employment abuses. Daniel will also take special leadership in expanding the EJC’s employment rights outreach and representation for working men and women in Houston’s wide diversity of immigrant communities.

As the child of two refugees, I want to help those who—like my parents four decades ago—have come to our country looking for a new home.

Daniel Pham /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

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