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New Jersey Creates Asian American Pacific Islander Commission

Plus: Families of undocumented construction workers have few protections, and a New Jersey immigrant teenager writes a book

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law Monday establishing an Asian American Pacific Islander Commission within the Department of State to enhance representation among New Jersey’s fastest growing ethnic group. The commission will be made up of 30 individuals, and will be tasked with “developing policies to address the social and economic needs” of the AAPI community. The commission will also be required to submit an annual report to the governor and state legislature, Murphy’s office said in a statement. “While we celebrate the important contributions they make to our society and economy, we also recognize the challenges they encounter to access economic resources and opportunities,” Murphy said. NorthJersey.com

In other local immigration news…

Families of Undocumented Construction Workers Have Few Protections After Fatal Accidents

Dozens of construction workers die on the job every year, many of whom are undocumented immigrants. Their families are left without an income and often receive little compensation for their lost loved ones. Construction companies often face few consequences for deaths of their workers.

Maurizio Guerrero, an investigative reporter and Documented contributor, spent several months investigating these issues. He will speak about his findings in a Zoom event on Nov. 19th at 10 a.m., and will discuss the topic with experts. Panelists will include:

Diana Florence – Former Manhattan District Attorney candidate, prosecutor, and creator of the Construction Fraud Task Force

Michael Jaffe – Former president of NYSTLA and current Chair of its Labor Law Committee

Manuel Castro – Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment Sign up for the event on Eventbrite here, or register via Zoom here.

New Jersey Teenager and Immigrant from Senegal Writes Book

A Hillsborough, New Jersey, teenager wrote a children’s book based on her experiences as an immigrant from Senegal. Surrayah Fofana, 16, said that she will donate the proceeds from the book to an organization that supports childhood literacy. Fofana, who goes by “Ray Ray,” called the book “Ray Ray Paints a Self-Portrait.”  Fofana has been reading the book to children, and in it, she recounts the story of attempting to fit in and “learn who she really is.” News 12

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