Rebecca Nichols Award 2018
John Ly is the son of immigrants. His parent were “boat people” from Vietnam who came to the U.S. to provide a better life for their family. His mother was a seamstress and his father a bus driver. They both worked hard saving to buy their home and put their son through school. Their son John is devoted to serving his community. He sits on Bet Tzedek’s Board and is an Executive Advisor for Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
To respond to the emergent needs of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable communities, Bet Tzedek developed a Rapid Response Program. The program currently focuses on Transgender Rights, Undocumented Parents & Family Preparedness.
Noel was in school, had a girlfriend and a job. His life was good. But when he attended a neighborhood party, his good fortune took a turn for the worse. A young man pulled up to the driveway, took out gun and began shooting at the party participants. The gun fire almost took Noel’s life, blowing off part of his face and jaw and narrowly hitting a major artery. After being in a coma for two months, Noel slowly recovered. He applied for social security benefits in but he was declined. Bet Tzedek took up his case and won his right to receive social security compensation. It was a life saver for Noel but the money helps his family take care of him as he continues his journey of recovery.
May Hampton had been raising her grandchildren since they were born because her daughter, who had suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child, was unable to do so. However, when May's daughter decided to challenge May’s custody, she needed help maneuvering the court system in order to keep her grandchildren in a safe, structured environment. Bet Tzedek took on her case with pro bono partner Goodwin Procter LLP, they won and May was able to keep custody.
Winner of Three Telly Awards for:
Best Capital Campaign
Best PSA Series - Low Budget
The VBGC Building in Boyle Heights was old, outdated and falling apart. They were in need of a new building. Tuff Cookie was able to reach out to VBGC alumni, Edward James Olmos, who came on board to record narration for the capital campaign we produced which helped raise over $4 million.