How the Justice Bus breaks down walls of apathy and indifference.
One pro bono attorney’s journey from EA to Greenfield.
Justin Aragon, Ecommerce, Privacy, and Consumer Protection Counsel for EA
There is someone we’d like you to meet: Justin Aragon, Ecommerce, Privacy and Consumer Protection Counsel at Electronic Arts (EA).
This past March, Justin joined a team of expert attorneys from Electronic Arts and Fenwick & West LLP on a Justice Bus trip to bring free legal help to youth and families in Greenfield.
We loved hearing about Justin’s experience from the trip so much, that we’re making him share it with all of you too!
Let’s get started Justin! So, during the Justice Bus clinic, did any client story resonate with you?
It’s difficult to pick just one story. I was struck by the fortitude of each young man and woman I met throughout the day – all high school graduates, all working below minimum-wage jobs to support their families, all struggling for greater opportunity. DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) helps to provide this community a path to fair pay and the financial aid to further their education. It was a privilege to help these young men and women along this path, even in a small way.
EA attorneys, Suk Lee and Justin Aragon, with their client at the Greenfield immigration Justice Bus clinic.
Their stories are really inspiring. Did you make any connections with any of the clients?
I met one young man, a farm worker like all the rest, who grew up in Mexicali, the town that borders Calexico where my father grew up and worked in the fields as a boy. I met another young man whose father had the same last name as me. When he saw my last name, he smiled and said “familia” and we all laughed.
That is a quite coincidence! Now, tell us – what would you say is your personal motivation to do pro bono work?
Getting a chance to work with the sort of people I met during the Justice Bus Clinic is what motivates me to do pro bono work – not just the young men and women I mention above, but the OneJustice staff and the volunteer immigration attorneys who supervised us. The Justice Bus Clinic was, hands down, the best clinic I’ve participated in – it was well organized, well trained, and well supervised. I’d recommend the Clinic to anyone.
Justin and EA attorneys at the Greenfield Immigration Justice Bus clinic.
Thank you Justin! We’re so thrilled to have you as an official “Justice Bus Rider”! Okay, final question: is there a fictional social justice hero you admire the most?
I just finished reading the Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin. In it, the central character, Shevek, goes around “unbuilding” walls – walls of apathy and indifference as much as injustice. I thought it was a poignant message, particularly when it seems, these days, that just a bit more empathy would go a long way. One of my favorite quotes: “You cannot buy the Revolution. You cannot make the Revolution. You can only be the Revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
A huge thanks to our guest, Justin and all of the Greenfield clinic volunteers, who brought relief and much-needed help to rural areas like Greenfield.
Because of volunteers like Justin, the Justice Bus Project has served 147 youth and families with DACA and Immigration assistance throughout the state.