In Defense of My Worker’s Rights

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Connie Nguyen is a licensed Cosmetologist with over 15 years of experience working on hair and nails.
Since 2006, Connie has also been a strong advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus for workers’ rights to healthy and safe conditions at their workplaces in the beauty and nail care industry. The nail care industry is among one of the fastest-growing professional industries in the United States, having more than tripled in the last two decades and generating an annual revenue of over $6 billion.

In California, there are over 300,000 individuals licensed to work in salons, the majority of which are owned and staffed by Vietnamese women, many of childbearing age. While working in salons, women are exposed to a wide array of carcinogenic chemicals over long periods of time.mMany of these women work 6-7 days a week for 10 hours a day on average. Many of these women have also been showing increased signs of dermatitis, chronic asthma and other respiratory illnesses. However, little research still has been done on the health effects to salon workers from exposure to these toxic chemicals.

As an advocate for nail salon workers, Connie has played a large role in sharing her stories and experiences working in the industry and having overcome an illness with countless peers throughout California to encourage them to take action on protecting their health and to speak up about their need for more attention and research to be done on how chemicals they work with each day are impacting their health, their families, and their livelihood.

Since joining the Advancing Justice – ALC, Connie has also spoken up for nail salon workers at countless hearings, community forums and research convenings to urge for support and policy changes to ensure workers’ rights in this industry.
She has testified before Senator Carole Migden, Joe Simitian and Lou Correa on the need for policies to force manufacturers to discontinue the use of toxic ingredients in beauty and personal care products.
has also testified and met with city officials as well as state agency representatives including Cal/OSHA to encourage them to support greener business programs for nail salons.

Currently she also sits as a regular worker and outreach advisor to the CA Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and has also been nominated for a seat on the board of the Bureau of Barbering and Cosmetology to represent Vietnamese workers throughout California.

Learn more about the Workers’ Rights program.

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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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.

8 hours ago   ·  11

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

9 hours ago   ·  9
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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

4 hours ago   ·  1
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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

8 hours ago   ·  3

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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

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

9 hours ago   ·  1
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Thavanh Vongkeo

7 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

6 hours ago
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David Seng

7 hours ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

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.

2 hours ago   ·  1
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Devon Lernsdale

3 hours ago

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

8 hours ago
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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

9 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

6 hours ago
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Molly Mall

2 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.

7 hours ago   ·  7

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

5 hours ago
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