Lydia Edwards: The lawyer with the heart of an activist


On behalf of immigrant workers, Lydia Edwards has taken on bankers, traffickers, and foreign officials who flout US labor laws.
Feature (Massachusetts)

Beth Healy
Boston Globe
December 19, 2015
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Organizations mentioned/involved: Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)


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Armed with two law degrees, a sharp intellect, and an activist’s heart, Edwards has taken on bankers, lawyers, and foreign officials who flout US labor laws. And whether it’s fighting for a live-in nanny’s overtime pay or helping a woman who’s had to escape abusive employers, Edwards is fired up.

“Every now and then you get a person who is exceptional,’’ says Jacquelynne Bowman, executive director of Greater Boston Legal Services, where Edwards, 35, has a fellowship. “The work that she does and the energy that she brings to it, you’ve got to sit back and pay attention to it.”