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Casa San Jose Volunteer Translators Come to the Rescue during Large-scale ICE Raid in Salem Ohio

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | June 28, 2018

No. 1,516

An item in the latest newsletter from Casa San Jose deserves special notice:

The Thomas Merton Center honored Monica Ruiz, Casa San Jose’s community organizer, for her tireless leadership.

“Last Tuesday, in Salem, Ohio, 70 miles from Pittsburgh, ICE raided a meat-packing plant and arrested 146 workers who were from Guatemala.  The scene was chaotic and heartbreaking, with mothers and children left without fathers and breadwinners. Unions immediately brought in attorneys to do what they could, but most couldn’t speak Spanish, so they contacted Monica [Ruiz of Casa San Jose] to see if she could round up some translators.  Within 12 hours 30 wonderful volunteers offered to take turns over 3 days.  We send them all ¡mil gracias! and especially to Mary Jane McCullough and the group from Global Wordsmiths.”

We say ¡Mil gracias! to Monica Ruiz and those dedicated volunteers she leads in an endless battle to keep families together.  The entire newsletter can be found linked to the Casa San Jose website which in turn is linked to the organization’s logo at the top of the left column in this blog.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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