Judge Awards $15.2 Million to Exploited Filipino Workers
Eleven Filipino workers were awarded over $15 million in a lawsuit against their former employers, whose claim of labor exploitation and human trafficking was uncontested
The workers were trafficked to the United States to serve as domestic servants and back-of-the-house employees at two high-end bakeries owned by defendants Analiza and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida.
“Because of this judgment, all the heartache and suffering we had to endure because of Ana’s greed has not been for nothing,” said Gina Pablo, one of the workers.
L.A. bakery owners ordered to pay $15.3 million for abuse of workers on visas
The owners of the now-shuttered L’Amande French Bakery that operated in Beverly Hills and Torrance have been ordered to pay nearly $15.3 million in damages for exploiting 11 Filipino workers.
U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin on May 2 granted a default judgment to the workers, who claimed they were trafficked to the United States to serve as domestic servants and under-the-table employees at two bakeries owned by defendants Analiza and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida.
Trafficked Filipino Workers Awarded Over $15 Million and Chance at a New Life in the U.S.
Trafficked Workers Vindicated, Awarded Over $15 Million in Damages and Fees and a Chance at a New Life in the U.S.
LOS ANGELES – Fourteen months after they bravely filed suit against their traffickers, 11 workers from the Philippines finally won vindication. On May 2, 2016, Judge Fernando M.
Ahead of Immigration Ruling and Election, Citizenship Finds Increased Importance
The day before her court appearance in 2003, Carlin Sadangsal went to the mall to find something nice to wear.
Her parents, Rebeck and Grace, had been granted a hearing to change their immigration status, and Carlin Sadangsal, a junior high school student at the time, was preparing herself to be called to answer questions about her family.
"I said, 'Oh man, this is pretty serious," Sadangsal told NBC News. "This is not something that you should just forget about. This is something very life-changing."
Advancing Justice - LA Expands Free ESL / Civics Classes to El Monte and El Sereno
LOS ANGELES – Starting April 18th, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) will expand its free English as a Second Language (ESL) and civics courses—currently offered in Koreatown, Chinatown, Temple City, Rosemead, and San Gabriel—through the addition of locations in El Sereno and El Monte. This expansion is designed to reach the underserved Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities of the San Gabriel Valley and help address a growing need for English classes for citizenship.
Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.