Atlas:DIY has been working on fundraising. We plan on having another successful tag sale this summer! We may also be joining the Kickstarter project, which is a funding platform for individuals and organizations everywhere.
Our next big step is depended on money and space. To build morale, support the “ancestral” program of Atlas: DIY, and simply to learn more about the laws of this nation, we took a trip to D.C.! For many IYPEPers, it was their first time leaving New York, and for many more, it was their first time going to D.C. We met with inspiring Skadden staff members, who kindly gave short talks about their careers.
One lawyer shared one of his most interesting pro-bono cases. His client was a maid, working for the opulent family who brought her to the U.S. The problem was, among many others, was she was unpaid and lived in oppressive conditions. The good news: her case was won! The bad: there are many more immigrants, especially women, who live under the conditions of modern-day slavery.
Afterwards, we toured the Capitol, learned about U.S. laws and history, and even observed the decision-making progress at work! This trip was important for Atlas in that in helped put our work into national context. After hearing the case of the poor maid, learning of the anti-immigrant laws passed throughout several states, finding Atlas is more important than ever.