Marisa Peñaloza http://wkms.org en Filling The Gaps For Veterans With Bad Discharges http://wkms.org/post/filling-gaps-veterans-bad-discharges Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>All this week on MORNING EDITION we've been hearing about veterans we don't usually discuss, people who served in the military and then left with a less than honorable discharge. Even if they saw combat, veterans with bad paper, as it's called, do not get the healthcare or benefits accorded to most vets.<p>Now, you can say that it's their fault, except that in many cases the misconduct seems to be a product of the trauma of their service. Many veterans suffer from PTSD or drug and alcohol abuse, or they find themselves homeless. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 37293 at http://wkms.org Attorney Advocates For Poor As Immigration Debate Continues http://wkms.org/post/attorney-advocates-poor-immigration-debate-continues As Washington debates changing the immigration system, the demand for immigration attorneys has already jumped, even without new laws in place.<p>Lawyers such as Jose Pertierra, a veteran immigration attorney, are trained to interpret the law, but Pertierra sees his role as much more.<p>Every Thursday at 6 p.m. for the past 10 years, Pertierrra is here — on the set of the Spanish language TV studios of Univision in Washington, D.C., near Capitol Hill. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:34:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 28121 at http://wkms.org Attorney Advocates For Poor As Immigration Debate Continues Immigrants Key To Looming Health Aide Shortage http://wkms.org/post/immigrants-key-looming-health-aide-shortage In the shadow of the Capitol on a recent sunny morning, about 50 home care workers from around the country gather to lobby their legislators for basic labor rights. Most are native-born Americans, but about a quarter are documented immigrants from Africa, Latin America, India and the Caribbean.<p>Elizabeth Castillo is one of them. Born in central Mexico, she's now a U.S. citizen. She's been working with an agency for 30 years in El Paso, Texas, and she says she currently makes $7.75 an hour. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 21:43:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 25150 at http://wkms.org Immigrants Key To Looming Health Aide Shortage For Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold http://wkms.org/post/ex-felons-limited-rights-mean-future-hold Vikki Hankins wants nothing more in the world than to have her civil rights restored. Hankins, 43, lost the right to vote — and many others — when she went to a federal prison for selling cocaine in December 1990. She spent almost two decades behind bars for her crime.<p>Today, Hankins is an author and an undergrad who dreams of going to law school. She got out of prison four years ago and quickly applied to have her rights — like voting, serving on a jury and becoming a lawyer — restored.<p>Hankins was denied. She has reapplied three times since. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:21:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 23567 at http://wkms.org For Ex-Felons, Limited Rights Mean A Future On Hold