Pilipino Workers Center celebrates 20 years of advocating for immigration and labor rights

 LOS ANGELES — After two decades of service, the Pilipino Workers Center marked their 20th anniversary by celebrating their workers’ accomplishments.
The Los Angeles based nonprofit has assisted workers, many of them immigrants.
They’ve helped push for legislation for the rights of domestic workers, opened a low-income housing complex, and their jeepney has also helped push Philippine culture through the streets of Los Angeles.
“To have workers who are proclaiming their dignity and to have really understanding and claiming the value of the work that they do to me that makes it all worth it,” says executive director Aqui Versoza Soriano.
While they savor twenty years of accomplishments, they still have work to do — especially As a voice for undocumented immigrants.
“More now than ever before we need to have strong voices around immigrant rights, and PWC thankfully is in a position in where we can actually be a strong voice,” said Soriano. “We are being heard by politicians we are being heard by other organizations. We are being heard across the country.”
Its sentiment that echoes with one of the gala’s honorees, undocumented immigrant-turned-activist, and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.
“This is for all the undocumented Filipinos. It is not a time for us to go Tago Ng tago anymore. It is a time for us to claim ourselves and claim this country because you cannot definite America without defining the history of Filipinos in America,” said Vargas.
Currently, they’re working with city officials on implementing and strengthening recently passed local and state-wide sanctuary ordinances.
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