Fordham Law

Professor Jennifer Gordon to be Honored by Immigrant Advocacy Organization

October 27, 2009

Fordham Law Professor Jennifer Gordon will be honored at the 10th Anniversary Gala of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community-based organization for new immigrants. The event, Celebrating a Decade of Community Empowerment, will be held on November 16 at Colors Restaurant.

“Professor Gordon’s scholarship on immigration law is trenchant, and her advocacy for immigrant rights is remarkable,” said Dean William Michael Treanor. “This important honor is a fitting tribute to her many efforts.”

Before becoming a Fordham Law faculty member, Gordon spent fifteen years as an advocate, activist, and organizer with immigrant workers in the United States. In 1992, she founded the Workplace Project, a nationally recognized grassroots workers center that organizes low-wage Latino immigrants to fight for just treatment on the job. She has also written a book, Suburban Sweatshops: The Fight for Immigrant Rights, about her work.

In 1998, Professor Gordon was named Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer by the National Association for Public Interest Law (now Equal Justice Works). The following year, she was awarded a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. Most recently, she penned an op-ed for the New York Times, “Workers Without Borders,” which outlined proposals for immigration reform.

Professor Gordon will be honored alongside NICE founder Bryan Pu-Folkes, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, and Walter Sinche of the International Ecuadorian Alliance. NICE was founded in 1999 to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political, and economic power in their communities and beyond.