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Public Counsel Senior Staff Attorney Talia Inlender Honored by L.A. Mayor Garcetti in His State of the City Address

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Talia Inlender was one of the first attorneys on the ground at Los Angeles airport after the first “Travel Ban” executive order (as described in this compelling L.A. Times story). This past week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti – in his 2017 State of the City address – recognized Talia for her efforts to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees.

Here are some of the words that Mayor Garcetti shared in his speech:

“For Talia — whose own grandparents fled Poland, and whose father was born in a refugee camp in Austria — it was a heartbreaking, but inspiring, weekend. She talked to so many worried families … worked to get a young woman with a student visa off a plane stuck on the runway … and saw the power in Angelenos unified around a common cause.”

We could not be happier for Talia and for her colleagues in the Immigrants Right’s Project – who fought alongside Talia during much of the time at LAX. All of Public Counsel’s attorneys and staff work tremendously hard for their clients, and our team is committed to making the world a better place. Yet, often times these efforts go without public recognition or accolades – so it is especially thrilling to see one of our own get honored on such a big stage.

Congratulations Talia! We are so proud of you and your commitment to justice, and we are honored to call you a colleague.

Check out the video that Mayor Garcetti’s Office prepared that highlights Talia’s Work: CLICK HERE