Ms. Ok Kee Shin lost her home to foreclosure after she fell victim to Trinity Law Associate’s fraudulent “loan litigation” scam. Ms. Shin immigrated to the U.S. in 1987 and worked 12-hour days in a dry cleaning business for over 20 years to provide for her family. She and her husband realized their dream of owning a home in 2006 when they bought a modest house in La Crescenta, California. But when the economic recession hurt her business in 2008, it became difficult for her to keep up with her payments.
After the passage of SB 1070 in Arizona, several other states followed suit, passing SB 1070 “copycat” laws that replicated the “show-me-your-papers” approach to law enforcement embodied in SB 1070. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center joined with other groups to challenge these laws through amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs.
Kaew is one of the Thai garment workers who arrived in the U.S. with dreams of new opportunities. In Thailand, Kaew, her parents, and three younger brothers shared a one room house with her grandmother in the rural, northeast province of Chaiyaphum. Her position as eldest daughter carried with it the responsibility to care for the rest of the family. After assisting her parents with farm work, Kaew began working outside the home at age 16 and went to Bangkok to find work. When she was 18 years old, she began sewing garments in a factory in the Thai capital.
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