This week in Charlotte’s undocumented youth ...

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A local woman has been charged with keeping a teenage boy as a slave in her home. The Charlotte Observer details the case;

In the indictment, handed down by a grand jury last week, authorities said the woman starved the youth, who had been placed in her home, and made him clean yards, sell goods and alcohol and sleep on the floor of her mobile home.

The woman, Lucinda Lyons Shackleford, said she will make a first appearance in court today on charges of forced labor and document servitude. She has not been arrested. If convicted, she could go to prison for more than 20 years and face a fine of up to $500,000.

"No one should be forced to live in a world of isolation and servitude as this victim was, particularly in a country that prides itself on freedom," Brock Nicholson, acting special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Georgia and the Carolinas, said in a press release.

On Sunday, Shackleford said that the accusations are lies made up by an illegal immigrant trying to stay in the United States.

"They're telling me I kept him in prison. They told me I starved a child," Shackleford said Sunday, describing her talks with authorities about the teen. "He's lying to immigration all because he wants papers."

Young people without papers have long been marginalized, but the challenges they face have garnered more attention ever since the controversial DREAM Act was proposed in the US senate in 2001. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives last December, but it didn't capture the 60-votes necessary for it to advance to the Senate floor. An article in the Spanish-language newspaper Mi Gente makes it clear that supporters of the act haven’t given up;

Una nueva coalición juvenil de estudiantes de todo el estado se congregará en Raleigh el próximo 26 de enero para realizar un día de acción en apoyo a la educación y el acceso equitativo para todos los jóvenes.

Ese día Carolina del Norte comenzará a ser legislada por un nuevo Senado y Cámara de Representantes de mayoría republicana.

Los estudiantes harán una rueda de prensa frente al edificio de la Legislatura Estatal y luego caminaran hacia las oficinas de los representantes para entregarles el “Education Bill of Rights” que es un compendio de leyes existentes, principios y demandas sobre los derechos a la educación en Estados Unidos.

[Translation; A new youth coalition of students from around  the state will convene in Raleigh on January 26th for a day of action in support of education and equal access for all youth.

On that day North Carolina will begin to be legislated  by a new  Senate and House of Representatives, both of a Republican majority.

The students will hold a press conference outside the building of the State Legislature and then walk to the representatives' offices to deliver the "Education Bill of Rights,"  a compendium of existing laws, principles, and demands on education rights in the United States]

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