I Am Attorney Jessica: Migration and Human Rights for All is a audio/visual bimonthly podcast featuring host Jessica Smith Bobadilla, a U.S. based immigration and human rights attorney with 19 years experience as a lawyer, law professor, expert witness and media commentator. The podcast is an interview format with guests and aims to live up to its name of being "for all" by encouraging followers to pitch show ideas including topic themes and ideas and themselves or others as guests. Fun content is also encouraged including talk about celebrities and their human rights causes and related areas that may be of interest outside of the mainstream of immigration and human rights academic and professional circles.
EP23: The Human Rights of Giving Thanks
Released on Thanksgiving Day, this episode honors the rights and memories of Native Americans of the United States, Canada and South America. Jessica and Guillame McMartin discuss the significance of the holiday, the history of Native peoples in the Americas and other related topics. In 2021, the New York Times reported that thousands of Native children vanished in Canada. Guillaume reveals more of the history of this human rights abuse and that the children were taken forcibly from in many cases loving homes and raised as white Canadians. Many of these children were abused in various ways and some murdered. There were similar residential school abuses of Native American children in the United States including many deaths.
In this episode we discuss:
Guillaume's background as a French Canadian with some Scottish heritage who felt a calling to help Native
American people and later learned he had Native roots on his father's side of the family;
Guillaume's depression after living a life as a firefighter in an environment that involved bullying;
What Jessica was taught in school about the history of Thanksgiving;
The residential school system and the murdered children in the United States and Canada;
What Guillaume learned from talking to native peoples;
Guillaume's journey about being closer to nature and some of his roots;Guillaume's efforts to assist native
Canadian communities in economic development and how he got in wrong in his view the first time around;
Guillaume's work in real estate development in New York and why he left that life;
Negative portrayals of native peoples in media;
Guillaume's book and his message to the world;
Guillaume's plan to go on a journey of exploration on horseback to visit native communities from Canada to Guatemala;
The attempts by US and Canadian governments to remedy past abuses;
How the near extermination of native populations amounts to a crime against humanity and genocide under the International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which did not come into legal force until later after the Holocaust;
Jessica's experience of being trolled online by pro Turkish government genocide deniers trying to usurp the cause of Native Americans for their own political ends;
The influence on Guillame of the book "Live In the City of Dirty Water" by Clayton Thomas-Muller a native Cree man who led the charge for environmental justice against big oil intesrests (see link below to the book);
The elements of forced assimilation and forced marriage imposed upon native peoples in North America:
How non-native peoples and white Americans and Canadians can remedy the harm of the past and try to forge a new path forward.
JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica Smith Bobadilla ("Attorney Jessica") is an immigration and human rights lawyer, media commentator and former law professor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or I Am Attorney Jessica on Facebook or Instagram
GUILLAUME McMARTIN (GUEST)
Guillaume McMartin is an author, speaker and visionary CEO. Guillaume has made it part of his life path to uncover abuses and bring to light the abuses against native Canadians and other native North Americans. Guillaume has authored a book: The Messenger: The Untold Journey available on Amazon.
CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE (1948)
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1948The Contracting Parties,
Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946 that genocide is a crime under international law, contrary to the spirit and aims of the United Nations and condemned by the civilized world;
Recognizing that at all periods of history genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity; and
Being convinced that, in order to liberate mankin
EP21:The Human Rights of the Martha’s Vineyard Refugee Crisis: Are These People Here ”Illegally”?
In September 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a likely contender for the 2024 Republican presidential ticket flew migrants under the umbrella of a new program he started from Texas to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Martha's Vineyard, long a playground for the well-off in the Northeast was seen as a target by DeSantis and others who wanted to mock the "liberal elite" and their less than restrictive policies on immigration law and refugee rights.Joseph Lackey is an award winning Miami based immigration and criminal defense lawyer who was cited in an article about these events written by Marc Caputo and published on NBC News on September 19, 2022.
In this episode we discuss;
1) Florida state politics and how Governor DeSantis fits into that landscape;2) The hypocrisy of not allowing sanctuary cities while supporting that state and local locales get to decide which refugees or immigrants can come or stay;3) How Gov De Santis may be the Republican Presidential nominee in 2024;4) The confusion among the population between the undocumented or those here "illegally" and asylum or refugee seekers like those at Martha's Vineyard;5) The correction of those misconceptions by even some conservative pundits like Bill Kristol about the status of asylees and refugees or those seeking protection under those sections of US law;6) What the US law requires to obtain asylum or refugee status;7) What crimes Gov. De Santis could be charged with potentially under state and federal law for trafficking;8) What relief apart from asylum in the form of U or T visas the asylees and refugees may be eligible for due to their being transported under false pretenses;9) The dehumanization of migrants by the Republican parties loudest voices continues. Who can take back the party?
JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica Smith Bobadilla is an immigration attorney, law professor and media commentator with twenty years experience. She can be reached through the podcast at email@example.com or by visiting her lawfirm website at http://www.attorneyjessica.com.
JOSEPH LACKEY (GUEST)
Joseph Lackey is an experienced immigration and criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida. He is a media commentator and has also lectured at conferences nationally and internationally on diverse topics. Joe was asked to comment on the Martha's Vineyard crisis in September for NBC News. The article is linked below. You can reach Joe through his practice website at http://www.josephlackey.com.
Article in Which Guest Joe Lackey is cited: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/migrants-landed-marthas-vineyard-tricked-misleading-brochure-lawyers-s-rcna48390
EP20: PROFILE OF A 1ST GEN TRAILBLAZER: AURA MARTINEZ
In this episode Jessica and Aura Elena Martinez discuss topics related to empowerment and focus in life and existence. Especially at this time women's rights have faced challenges and the impact on women's physical, mental and emotional health has been detrimental to their well being in nearly all cases. Aura taps in to how to overcome tough times and situations and focus our lives and energy on the good things in life. She offers personal coaching and consulting services and is an accomplished public speaker for hire as well. Aura recently was the speaker at a TedX talk in the Bronk, which is her home area. In this episode we discuss:
1) How Aura and her family overcame extreme adversity when her father became immobile in his 30's when Aura was a little girl;2) What it was like for Aura growing up as the daughter of immigrants from the Dominican Republic in the Bronx, New York;3) What Aura and her family learned from the tough times and how it built resilience within her for later life lessons;4) Aura's experience with public speaking, coaching and related work;5) Aura and Jessica's love of bachata music;6) Aura and Jessica's views on racism and colorism in the United States as well as Latin America and the Caribbean;7) Aura's plans for the future and how she believes women can heal themselves in these tough times 8) What a journey of self discovery can look like for people and why coaching is helpful in this process
JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica Smith Bobadilla is an attorney, media commentator, podcast host and has been cited in major media publications such as Forbes, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and other major publications. She has practiced immigration and human rights law for 20 years and her firm can be reached at http://www.attorneyjessica.com. She can also be reached through at firstname.lastname@example.org
AURA ELENA MARTINEZ (GUEST)
Aura E. Martinez is a Self-Discovery and Empowerment Coach, helping women gain total clarity in their purpose so they can wake up to a life of daily fulfillment and certainty. As a person who has traveled the world as a Flight Attendant, the opportunity has helped her learn and see so much and she discovered the most fabulous place for us all to see that is truly the key to greater well-being and she shares that with others worldwide.
Aura is the founder of Live to the Max™/Viva al máximo™, author of the book Creating a Lifetime of Wellness: Start Having the Life You Deserve. The book has been seen on Spirituality and Health magazine, Psychology Today and Natural Awakenings NYC.Aura E. Martinez is a Self-Discovery and Empowerment Coach, helping women gain total clarity in their purpose so they can wake up to a life of daily fulfillment and certainty. As a person who has traveled the world as a Flight Attendant, the opportunity has helped her learn and see so much and she discovered the most fabulous place for us all to see that is truly the key to greater well-being and she shares that with others worldwide. Aura is the founder of Live to the Max™/Viva al máximo™, author of the book Creating a Lifetime of Wellness: Start Having the Life You Deserve. The book has been seen on Spirituality and Health magazine, Psychology Today and Natural Awakenings NYC.
You can reach Aura through her website http://www.auraemartinez.com.
EP19: Traveling While DACA Part 2: Profile of The First DACA Olympian, Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales
In June 2021 a young man who grew up in Northern California qualified in the World Championships in Oregon to run in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 1500 meters. That young man was Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales. What transpired between that Monday in June and the end of July was nothing short of history. It was life altering for Luis, his attorney Attorney Jessica Smith Bobadilla (host) and people all over the world. Luis was the first DACA Olympian and required an advance parole permit to travel to Tokyo and return safely to the United States. The media attention Luis attracted and the significance to the DACA and DREAMER community was nothing short of extraordinary. In addition, the precedent was set for emergency advance parole for non medical/humanitarian emergencies a process that usually takes upward of five months to obtain a DACA travel permit if filed through the normal channels.
In this episode we discuss:
1) How Luis and Jessica connected to make history as attorney and client;2) Luis' history with the sport and his childhood and history as a runner;3) Luis' love of the sport of track and field and what he feels it has contributed to his life;4) The impact of the victory for Luis in the Olympics making it to the finals and setting records for Guatemalan and Central American runners;5) Luis' recent victory as 4th fastest in the world in the 1500 meters in Oregon in July 2022;6) Luis' recent trip to Europe in June and plans to head back to Europe again in late August provided he is granted another permit to travel for more races;7) Jessica's love of jogging and running as stress relief, leisure and preventative medicine:8) What the future holds for Luis as an athlete and what he does in his spare time;9) The special place Guatemala holds in Luis' heart and the love he and Jessica have received from the Guatemalan community in the country and abroad;9) The impact of all the attention on his career and the significance of the media attention for the case.
BIOGRAPHIESJESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica Smith Bobadilla is an attorney, podcast host, media commentator, former law professor and expert in immigration and human rights law and policy. She is the attorney for today's guest, Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales and has represented immigrants and refugees from all over the United States in her 20 year career of practice in private firms, non-profits and law school teaching. She can be reached through the podcast email at email@example.com or on Facebook or Instagram at I Am Attorney Jessica. Her law firm website is http://www.attorneyjessica.com.
LUIS MIGUEL GRIJALVA MORALES (GUEST)
Luis Miguel Grijalva Morales was born in Guatemala and arrived in the United States when he was one year old. He learned at a young age that he had a gift for running. Following the rollout of the DACA program Luis obtained a scholarship to attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and joined the track team as part of his entry into university life. Luis wants to expose others to track and field and running. He recently took 4th place at the World Championships in Oregon in July 2022 following his ascension to the finals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games held in August 2021. Luis can be contacted through the podcast at iamattornyjessicapodcast.com or on Facebook and Instagram at I Am Attorney Jessica.
EP18:THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF JUNETEENTH, BRITTNEY GRINER AND EMMETT TILL
On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the addition of a new federal holiday to recognize Juneteenth. The Juneteenth holiday was commemorated in African-American communities throughout United States history. However outside of black communities there were lots of questions following the President's announcement as to the meaning and significance of this holiday. President Biden's announcement also followed the Senate unanimously passing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on June 15, 2021. The holiday name derives from June and Nineteenth and is referred to as a portmanteau or a blend of words. The holiday celebrates the Emancipation of slaves in states in rebellion against the Union on June 19, 1865 which is the date slaves in Texas were proclaimed free.Recent hot topics such as the detention and trial in Russia of WNBA star Brittney Griner in Russia on cannabis oil possession charges as well as the ongoing controversy related to the August 28, 1955 murder of 14 year old Emmett Till in Mississippi following charges that were later proved to be based on false and contradictory testimony. The accuser Carolyn Bryant as well as the people who murdered Emmett have never been brought to justice. Jessica is joined in this episode by her high school classmates and life long friends Dr. Natasha Greene and Margaux Johnson. Dr. Natasha Greene works with the federal government and has provided mentorship and motivational/consulting services. Margaux relocated following high school and now resides in Georgia where she has rose through the ranks in various companies in accounting and financial roles in a variety of companies requiring domestic and international travel. She is now a division controller and has over 15 years in the manufacturing industry. Both Natasha and Margaux attended historically black universities.
In this episode we discuss:
1) Dr. Natasha Greene's educational and career path;2) Margaux's educational path and rise through the ranks in corporate America;3) The high school experience Margaux, Natasha and Jessica had in high school at a magnet school with high rankings located in a historically black community in West Fresno;4) Natasha and Margaux's experience attending historically black colleges and in Natasha's case graduate school at Howard University in Washington D.C.;5) The significance of Juneteeth's recognition as a federal holiday o Natasha and Margaux as black women;6) What Natasha and Margaux's families did to recognize the holiday long before it was a federal holiday;7) The Allensworth community south of Fresno, California near Earlimart in Tulare County established exclusively by African-Americans in 1908;8) The Brittney Griner prolonged detention and current trial in Russia on cannibis oil possession charges9) Whether Brittney Griner's case was long ignored in mainstream media as a female athlete;10 ) Whether Brittney Griner may be a political prisoner of the Putin regime in Russia;11) The Emmett Till ongoing controversy. and the unserved warrant against his accuser whose story has changed substantially throughout the years since his death:12) The significance for African-Americans and Americans in general that Emmett Till's murder and the related arguably shifting story by his accuser have both been met with impunity.13) The impact of movements to silence the voices seeking to teach United States history from all perspectives without leaving out the accomplishments of African-Americans or erasing systemic and institutional realities that they faced throughout U.S. history.
JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica Smith Bobadilla is an immigration and human rights lawyer with 20 years experience. She has also worked as a law professor and expert witness and served as an attorney, director and board member for various immigration and human rights non-profit organizations. She has also served as a media source and commentator. Jessica can be cont
EP17:The HUMAN RIGHTS OF REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND HOW TO ORGANIZE IN A POST-ROE AMERICA
On June 24, 2022, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. The decision was met with a flood of protests nationwide leading to arrests in some cases of protestors. The decision ended an era where women had a constitutionally protected right to seek an abortion enshrined in the Roe v. Wade decision announced by the Supreme Court on Roe v. Wade (USSCT, 1973). The overturn of Roe v. Wade was a wake up call to progressives and those on the left that the Trump area policies and appointments were now a reality and continued to shape U.S. law and policy long after President Trump departed the White House. In this episode we discuss with James Williams a community activist and organizer and registered nurse the impact of this decision legally, socially and politically and where the left and progressives including women’s rights advocates go from here. In this episode we discuss:
1) James’ path to becoming an RN and his concerns about the Dobbs decision in light of 20 years of nursing experience2) James’ family history and path towards becoming a Democratic party organizer and leader3) James’ and Jessica’s thoughts on the Dobbs decision in terms of women’s health and rights in the United States4) The political factors and forces that led to the appointments to the Supreme Court that allowed Roe v Wade to be overturned in 2022 after almost 50 years as settled law5) Justice Thomas’ reference to unborn fetuses tested for COVID19 vaccines in another decision on the heels of Dobbs decision in a statement deemed to be untrue6) Where do the left, women’s rights advocates and progressives go from here? 7) What are the areas of most concern in the United States in light of the decision such as the high rates of black maternal mortality 8) Whether the same justices who voted to overturn Roe are coming after all substantive due process rights9) What we can hope for in the future and how those who disagree combat this decision and others to come like it.
BIOGRAPHIES JESSICA SMITH BOBADILLA (HOST)
Jessica is the host of the I Am Attorney Jessica: Migration and Human Rights For All. She has 20 years experience as an attorney and expert witness as well as her time as a law professor. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is http://www.attorneyjessica.com.
JAMES WILLIAMS (GUEST)
James Williams is a Registered Nurse with over two decades of experience in the healthcare field. He has worked on single payer healthcare issues for the last 19 years. Growing up on military bases shaped his views of the world and especially those on issues such as war and foreign policy.He currently is the longest continuously serving member of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee with 15 years of time. He has been a member of the California Democratic Party during this time and has worked in various capacities there. He served one term as a representative to the state party’s executive board. He served six terms as a member of the state party’s Voter Services standing committee. He also served as Parliamentarian for the Progressive Caucus of the state party. In addition to this he served two terms as an officer of the California Democratic Council.In 2010 James was named volunteer of the year for his efforts in turning Fresno County to a Democratic registration advantage. In less than four years thirty-three thousand new Democratic voters were added to the rolls in accomplishing this.In 2009 James was instrumental in bringing the Democracy for America Campaign Academy to Fresno where approximately five dozen activist were trained on how to run campaigns. In 2008 he worked as the local data manager for the Obama campaign. Currently he is President of the San Joaquin Valley Democratic club. The club calls itself the hardest working Democratic club in Frenso Co. and the Progressive voice of the Democratic party. Since its
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