The pandemic hit my family hard; I was laid off from my construction job and got sick. After receiving unemployment for four months my claim was retroactively denied. My benefits stopped and I had to return pay.
Employment services claimed I was here illegally. Not true. We were granted asylum.
My Northwest Justice Project attorney in Olympia was a tenacious advocate. The unemployment office was hard to reach, even for him, but he kept at it and helped restore my benefits.
I can enjoy my life again. I am grateful for what I have. I haven't erased my attorney's number or messages. I don't want to forget what he did for me.