New Fair Food Video Released!
Fair Labor Matters
Fair Food Project Grows Fair Labor
A new video production highlights the innovative Fair Food Project of Migrant Legal Aid. Consumers can put their money where their mouth is and eat at a member of our Fair Food Project of Migrant Legal Aid, or buy from a participating grocer. Join our members like SpartanNash  and Chef  Jenna Arcidiacono  of  Amore Trattoria Italiana who are creating change for good. Call (616) 454-5055 or send us an email.
"I fled for my life..."
Her Future is Bright
Tak ing nothing but the clothes on her back and her daughter in her arms, Yolanda fled her abuser's knife attack in North Carolina. "I fled for my life and never looked back. I drove until I got to Michigan and found agricultural work in a vegetable freezer," she said. As a single mom, undocumented, she could only afford shelter in a dank basement room rental.

Migrant Legal Aid obtained her U-visa, and as part of a multi-stage process, her three wishes came true. She got her work permit, her Social Security number, and a driver's license. "I can find a better job and a real apartment now," she said. Her daughter received her work permit first, Hear their story on video.

The Cindy Silva Memorial
Cup of Justice June 21, 2019
Join us at our golf outing this summer, June 21, at the Mines Golf Course. The Cindy Silva Memorial Cup of Justice raises money to continue her life's work protecting migrant farm workers. This year you'll be amazed at the one0of-a-kind prizes donated for a silent auction.

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Michigan Anti-Sanctuary City Bills Resurface - Hearing Tomorrow March 19 in Lansing
House Bill 4083 was introduced by Rep. Pamela Hornberger, and HB 4090 was introduced by Rep. Beau Matthew LaFave. Both bills were referred to the Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security. If passed, the bills would force local governments to communicate and cooperate with ICE, contrary to established law that such cooperation with ICE detainers is voluntary. This would increase the risk of racial profiling and the burden on local governments. The hearing is scheduled for 12pm, House Office Building room 307 at 124 N. Capitol Avenue.  
Defending Against Hate
Migrant Legal Aid knows the fear clients face everyday, from police cooperating with ICE to racial intimidation in schools. With new tools of understanding, cultural competency, and trust-building, our Defending Against Hate program works with the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, law enforcement and student groups to unite a community divided and build relationships that lead to better trust and public safety.

Senate Preserves Pesticide Rules
March 8, 2019. Senators Stabenow, Udell and others saved EPA rule that ensures the preservation of two rules that are vital to the protection of workers and consumers who are exposed to pesticides in agricultural, residential, and commercial settings: the  Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and the Certification of Pesticide Applicators (CPA) rule ... Read more

Congress Introduces New Bill to Protect Dreamers, Others
A new bill that protects DACA, TPS and DED Recipients was intrroduced in Congress on March 12. Congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA), Nydia Velázquez (NY), and Yvette Clarke (NY) introduced the “Dream and Promise Act of 2019,” H.R. 6. The bill provides a pathway to citizenship for “Dreamers” - DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and DACA-eligible individuals. Dreamers would be provided conditional permanent resident status and would need to fulfill an education, employment or military track to adjust to permanent resident status. The bill also allows TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) recipients the ability to adjust their status and gain permanent lawful status. Read more from Farmworker Justice Blog