DC Council proposes an amendment to protect undocumented immigrants

IMMIGRATION |DC Councilmembers have proposed an amendment to the city’s extortion statute to make it a crime for landlords and employers to use an undocumented person’s status to force them to work extra hours or to pay more rent. (WaPo, 7/17)

Immigrant rights advocates said the District bill would be a step toward protecting vulnerable populations but might not go far enough. Rob Wohl, a tenant organizer with the Latino Economic Development Center, said slumlords who chronically flout city codes and housing regulations are unlikely to be intimidated by another law on the books.

“It’s good to offer people protection. I think that’s a good thing,” Wohl said. “But I’m concerned that D.C. keeps putting these statutory protections on the books without doing anything to improve the mechanisms that are meant to actually enforce these laws.”

WRAG COMMUNITY | A recent  profile of Eileen Ellsworth, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, shows her journey into the nonprofit world and her passion for social justice. (Profiles in Success, 7/18)

LGBTQIA RIGHTS | Members of Congress have introduced a bill to end the use of the ‘gay or trans panic’ defense which is often used to justify someone’s violent actions against individuals who identify as LGBTQIA. (Metro Weekly, 7/13)

HEALTH | Gwyn Barley, vice president of community partnerships and grants at the Colorado Trust, discusses how her organization is working to achieve health equity. (NCRP, 7/10)

INCOME GAP | A Pew Research Center report exploring income inequality within racial and ethnic groups found that Asian Americans hold the widest income gap between its top and bottom earners. (Next City, 7/16)

YOUTH | A nonprofit recently held a discussion in Virginia on interfaith leadership with American Muslim and Jewish youth and Muslim and Jewish youth from Jerusalem. (Loudoun Times, 7/17)

Enjoy a walk through the woods. 

– Kendra