Militza M. Pagán joined the Shriver Center in 2017 as a Skadden Fellow to advocate on behalf of domestic workers through litigation, policy advocacy, community outreach, and legal training for legal services providers. During law school, Militza was a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow at Raise the Floor Alliance and externed for Chief Judge Rubén Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
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Many pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs because their employers deny them simple work modifications—like a stool to sit on, permission to carry a water bottle, a break from lifting heavy boxes—that would allow them to remain productive employees, provide for their families, and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
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The Safe Homes Act protects the health and safety of survivors of domestic and sexual violence who live in rental and subsidized housing. This law allows tenants and members of their household who are survivors of violence to:
College education or job training is an important investment in a financially secure future, but it can be difficult for many students to support themselves while they are in school. Students who lack adequate financial and other support may be unable to complete their educational programs, jeopardizing their future employment prospects.
In response to Sen. Mark Kirk’s (R-Ill.) vote against extending Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 32 Illinois organizations sent him a letter urging him to support an extension of EUC the next time it comes to a vote.
The Shriver Center Women's Law and Policy Project’s Ensuring Success in School Initiative addresses the educational and related needs of children and youths who are parents, expectant parents, or survivors of domestic or sexual violence to ensure their ability to stay in school, stay safe, and complete their education.
The Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) protects the workplace rights of female and male employees who are victims of domestic or sexual violence as well as the rights of employees who have family or household members, including spouses, parents, sons, and daughters and other individuals who live together and who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. The manual explains what the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act, or VESSA, provides, who can take advantage of the law, and how survivors can file VESSA claims.
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