Louisiana AG Pledges Help for Filipino Teachers

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The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, which was instrumental in securing justice for more than 360 Filipino workers employed in the state’s school system, has assured its support for the teachers in securing U visas, which would allow them to continue working in the United States.

Louisiana State Attorney General James D. “Buddy” Caldwell said he would help the teachers with any supporting documentation they might need in their application of the special visa which is granted to victims of trafficking and other serious crimes.

“If there is anything specifically that we can provide, I encourage you to contact my office,” Caldwell said in a Nov. 17 letter to Filipino American lawyer Arnedo Valera of the Migrant Heritage Commission based in Washington D.C. “ I look forward to hearing from you.”

MHC, a non-profit organization, is representing some of the teachers. The U visa applies to immigrants who are victims of certain serious crimes and who have cooperated with U.S. authorities in the prosecution of the perpetrators.

In April, a Louisiana administrative law judge has ruled in favor of the Filipino teachers working in the state public school system and ordered a Los Angeles-based recruitment firm to reimburse them a total of $1.8 million in unauthorized fees.