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KIQI’s Michelle White (left) and Luis Gervasi (right) are joined by the San Francisco Mexican Consulate’s Wilma Gandoy (second from left), Boxer & Gerson’s Maria Sager (middle) and Sager’s Youth Law Academy intern Cecilia Almaraz after last week’s show.
Boxer & Gerson Partner Maria Sager’s monthly radio show on Spanish language station KIQI had two extra guests last week. The show, hosted by KIQI’s Michelle White, generally features a Q&A portion with Sager that covers some aspect of the workers’ compensation world and often includes an additional guest drawn from the legal or human services field. It airs every fourth Tuesday of the month from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at 1010 on the AM dial.
Last week’s show included Wilma Gandoy, the Consul of Protection and Legal Affairs from the San Francisco Mexican Consulate there to discuss the Consulate’s plans and activities for the annual National Labor Rights Week that begins on August 27, and Cecilia Almaraz, Boxer and Gerson’s 8th summer intern from Oakland-based Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy.
Labor Rights Week is a national observance, coordinated by the United States Department of Labor, but which includes a wide variety of activities on a local level.
The Youth Law Academy is a three-year program that introduces high school sophomores to the legal profession. It provides academic, counseling and peer support in helping to inspire and prepare them for college life and possible consideration of a legal career or related field. Almaraz shared from her experience essentially shadowing Sager’s activities as a certified workers’ compensation specialist.
The San Francisco Mexican Consulate has long taken a lead role in local Labor Rights Week activities that shine a spotlight on the rights of laborers. This has been especially important given the heavy concentration of immigrant workers in the Bay Area who face challenges of language and cultural assimilation that make them vulnerable to exploitation.
Sager has for several years assisted in both overall planning and in conducting various activities for Labor Rights Week. Earlier this week, she took Almaraz with her to a large planning meeting, pictured below, in anticipation of the event.
Maria Sager and Cecilia Almaraz at the Labor Rights Week planning meeting, third and fourth from left, respectively.