Justice!! Litha 2020 with Melissa Bekisz and Pamela Muñoz

In this Summer Solstice episode, Amy chats with two lawyers who identify as Witches to get an insider perspective on the legal system!! Pamela is an immigration lawyer and partner with the Islas Muñoz Law Firm in Texas and Melissa is a New York State lawyer and judge.

Melissa in court
Reach Melissa here: https://www.instagram.com/melissaisz/


Pam says Words Are Spells
Reach Pamela here: https://www.facebook.com/islasmunozlaw

Quick note: Pam approached me after our interview. She was concerned that when she said, “I deal with the Shit…” that listeners might think she was talking about her clients. I assured her that it was very clear the “shit” she mentioned was INJUSTICE, but told her I’d make a note of it, just in case. What a heart she has, right?

Thompson Reuters Civil Rights Legal Materials & News – includes plain language breakdowns of Right to Protest, Police Conduct etc

Resources provided by Pamela:

Understanding New Laws, the Current Political Context & Culturally Responsive Practices in Working with Immigrant Families
March 11, 2020

Pamela Genghiní Muñoz, Esq. Kate Cartwright, PhD, MPH
Immigration Attorney/Partner Assistant Professor, Health Administration
The Islas Muñoz Law Firm, PLLC School of Public Administration
9900 Montana Ave. Suite A1 University of New Mexico
El Paso, TX 79925

Resources developed for immigrant families:
CLASP: Immigration Raid Resources (English & some Spanish, resources for families, providers, and other stakeholders)
https://www.clasp.org/immigration-raid-resources
Immigrant Legal Resource Center: Step-by-Step Family Preparedness Plans (English, Spanish, & Chinese)
https://www.ilrc.org/step-step-family-preparedness-plan
Informed Immigrant: Family Preparedness Plans
https://www.informedimmigrant.com/guides/steps-take-prepare-family/#
Mayan League: Know Your Rights in Mam
http://www.mayanleague.org/resources
Women’s Refugee Commission: Migrant Rights and Justice Resources (English & Spanish)
https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/rights/resources/1409-resources-for-families-facing-deportation-separation
Resources developed for practitioners working for immigrant clients:
Appleseed Network: Protecting Assets & Child Custody in Face of Deportation Manual (English &
Spanish)
https://www.appleseednetwork.org/deportationmanual.html
The Center on Immigration and Child Welfare: Guidelines for Child Welfare Agencies to Prepare for
Immigration Enforcement

https://cimmcw.org/wp-content/uploads/Child-Welfare-Guidelines-for-Raids-Aug-2019.pdf
Zero to Three: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation & Trauma
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2384-supporting-young-children-experiencing-
separation-and-trauma

Culturally Responsive Care Resources:
American Psychological Association: Working with Immigrant Origin Clients
https://www.apa.org/topics/immigration/immigration-report-professionals.pdf
Culturally Responsive Child Welfare Practices
https://ncwwi.org/index.php/racial-equity-all/culturally-responsive-child-welfare-practice
National Association of Social Workers: Standards & Indicators for Cultural Competence
https://www.socialworkers.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=PonPTDEBrn4%3D&portalid=0
National Center for Cultural Competence (A wide range of resources, assessments, and trainings)
https://nccc.georgetown.edu/

Immigration Legal Service & Advocacy Organizations
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
https://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org/
Immigrants’ rights project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
https://www.aclu.org/other/about-immigrants-rights-project
Immigrants Legal Resource Center
www.ilrc.org