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Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Double Award Recipient for Work on Behalf of Latino Community

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC), part of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School, is being honored with two awards for its work on behalf of the Latino community. WIRAC will receive the 2012 Community Justice Leader Award given by LatinoJustice PRLDEF. It will also receive the 2012 Community Service Award given by the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA).

Formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a New York-based national civil rights organization that seeks, through advocacy and litigation, to protect the civil rights of Latinos in the U.S., cultivate Latino leaders, and increase civic participation. The organization will honor WIRAC at its 40th anniversary gala in October. Also being honored are Gloria Santona, General Counsel of McDonald's Corporation; Univision; and Duane Morris LLP.

The CHBA Community Service Award honors a corporation, individual, law firm, state agency, non-profit organization or other organization that has provided an important service or benefit to the Hispanic community or made strides in promoting social change for the benefit of minority groups. In selecting WIRAC as the 2012 recipient, CHBA said it “applauds the work of the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, and in particular the success achieved in the representation of the Danbury 11.” WIRAC will be honored at CHBA’s annual dinner in November.

The Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School represents immigrants and low-wage workers in Connecticut in labor, immigration, trafficking, and other civil rights areas, through litigation for individuals and non-litigation advocacy for community-based organizations.