Meet Mr. Lau

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April 11, 2017

We have accomplished much in our 100 Days of Justice campaign, building the resistance against the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. This week, we’re focusing less on lawsuits and legislation and more on the clients who are the reason we do our work. This week, we will introduce you to three of the people we have served and whose stories and lives have touched us.

Mr. Lau is an elderly Chinese American immigrant with limited English skills. When we met him at one of our tri-monthly housing clinics, he was almost 60 years old and caring for his disabled 90-year-old mother, who walks with a cane and suffers from several age-related ailments. The two of them were being evicted from the San Francisco apartment where they had lived for over 10 years. Although the apartment lacked heat, had rodents, and needed repairs for leaks, it was their home and they could afford the rent.

Luckily, we could help. Our free legal clinics provide community members with tools to fight evictions, unlawful detainer cases, rent increases, and housing discrimination.

We challenged Mr. Lau’s eviction and won! Sadly, the victory was short-lived; Mr. Lau’s case is an example of how ruthless some landlords can be. After we saved Mr. Lau’s tenancy, his landlord immediately attempted to evict Mr. Lau again and, heartbreakingly, there was no defense against the second case. We helped Mr. Lau negotiate with the landlord for financial compensation and time to relocate, and this gave Mr. Lau and his mother an easier transition to their new home.

We need your help spreading the word to people like Mr. Lau so we can defend their rights. Our housing clinic meets on the 1st, 3rd, and last Tuesday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. If you know anyone who is in need of assistance, please send them our way.

ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org
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ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org

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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

2 hours ago   ·  1
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My understanding is the US plans to deport 200 cambodians per year until everybody with an order of removal is deported. I don't mean to cause fear but I strongly encourage anybody with a removal order to fight their cases now because once you are detained it becomes much more difficult to have access to attorneys and other resources. I fear this cycle will continue over the next few years.

7 hours ago   ·  8

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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

7 hours ago   ·  3

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None of us are free unless all of us are free from fear! This is unacceptable!

7 hours ago   ·  6
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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

4 hours ago   ·  2
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

8 hours ago   ·  1
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Thavanh Vongkeo

6 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

5 hours ago
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David Seng

6 hours ago
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I am an immigration attorney and I was at immigration court today. I represented four individuals, all from Vietnam, all legal permanent residents with old crimes and recent entries to the U.S. I echo the suggestions above. If you have a removal/deportation order, if you have a history of crimes, if you plan on traveling outside of the U.S., speak with an immigration attorney.

1 hour ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

5 hours ago

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Devon Lernsdale

2 hours ago
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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

7 hours ago
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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

7 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

5 hours ago
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The Cambodian and Viet communities are again targeted by US militarism-police abuse: from being attacked and displaced in the war in Indochina to becoming refugees to living in US ghetto-conditions to jail now to deportation. This is generational torture by imperialism. Like the Central American exodus the US exports war and guns, imports labor via refugees, over polices them and deports people, and so the cycle continues. I am so sad and sick. I take actions at rallies and make donations to express my rage and solidarity but where do I put the sadness.

6 hours ago   ·  7

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Don’t Check it,go somewhere n live off the land, if your gon get deported anyway

3 hours ago
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