1 week until Southeast Regional Reception and 3 Weeks Until Latina Trailblazers Breakfast. RSVP Now!
With one week until our SE Reception, make sure you check out the bios for our honorees. Then, we continue previewing our Trailblazer honorees with Maria Fernandez and Joyce Rivera.
With three weeks to go until our 2017 Southeast Reception, we wanted to introduce you to our Community Champion Honoree, Carlos J. Martinez.
Join us at our Second Annual Southeast Regional Awards Reception in Miami! This year we our Lucero Honoree for the reception is Maria Dantes Sanchez, Vice President and Regional General Attorney at Liberty Mutual Group.
Upcoming events at LatinoJustice – Latina Trailblazers Breakfast, CJR Convening and Annual Awards Gala
We have three major events coming up that you should join us for! First, we wanted to make sure you knew about our upcoming Latina Trailblazers breakfast where we will honor Latina leaders. Then, we are gearing up for going to Orlando for the Latinos and the Criminal Justice System convening, join us in person or online. Finally, make sure you put our Annual Awards gala on your calendar.
After multiple community forums and testimony from experts, the Lippman Commission released their report on Rikers Island. Then, see a teaser about a convening we are putting together about Latinos/as in the Criminal Justice System. All this and more in this week's LJP Update
In this week's LJP Update you can find out more about why our legal team went to Baltimore in response to a possible ICE deportation as well as what we are doing to support activist who are working to reinstate Sanctuary Policies.
During the President's Address, Juan outlined the civil rights battles that LatinoJustice will focus on in 2017. Then, after year's of advocacy, Oscar Lopez Rivera was pardoned by President Obama. These updates and more in this week's #LJPUpdate
On this day of a new administration, know that LatinoJustice will protect you.
The first one hundred days of the new presidential administration will test our collective resolve to stand for justice, fairness and dignity for Latinas, Latinos and all marginalized people in the country. Your support helped grow our institution. Your support never wavered when tested before by alarmist policies from Presidents, Governors or Mayors. And your support is what we need right now to fortify our gains, protect the most vulnerable and provide hope for future generations.
LatinoJustice has invested in the futures of thousands of young people, providing legal education and pipeline programs that helped more than 5,000 of them become lawyers and still thousands of others use the power of the law to effect positive change in their communities. I am one of the many who benefited from LatinoJustice’s commitment to fostering Latino lawyers, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting LatinoJustice with a year-end gift.
Debo P. Adegbile, newly appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, received the Vanguard Award at LatinoJustice’s 2016 Gala in November and spoke compellingly of why he stands with LatinoJustice and why he has donated to support the Justice 2017 Fund. Below is an excerpt from his speech; you can watch the video of his speech here.
As we celebrate the season of peace and giving, I hope you will consider making a donation in support of the LatinoJustice PRLDEF CAP Leadership Institute. Thousands have come through our doors as enthusiastic prelaw students seeking guidance to complete their successful journeys into the legal profession. As the Director of CAP, it has been my privilege and honor to assist aspiring law students in the pursuit of their goals. Many prospective lawyers that have come through our doors would not otherwise have had access to the necessary information, and thus LJP’s CAP Institute plays an important role in filling this gap. It is more imperative today than ever before that we continue to foster a cadre of lawyers dedicated to ensuring civil and human rights for all.
Since 2008, I have served on the board of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, one of the premier civil rights organizations in the United States. In June 2016, I was elected chair of the board. I'm very proud and excited to serve LatinoJustice PRLDEF in this new role. For over four decades, this organization has provided educational opportunities to many aspiring law students and worked tirelessly to protect and defend the civil and human rights of all people living and working in this country.
If the campaign rhetoric and the early appointments announced by the incoming administration so far are a true indication of intent, LatinoJustice and our allies all over the country are going to have a very busy few years ahead. We cannot afford to concede an inch on the civil and human rights of Latinos. And the young lawyers and leaders who have come through our programs and are joining us in taking up the struggle will have a critical impact on our eventual success.
Last month, more than 400 LatinoJustice leaders and supporters gathered at our Annual Awards Gala the week after the election to honor individuals and institutions helping to advance our mission and to raise critically needed funds to support our legal advocacy, education and community engagement programs.
Now, more than ever, LatinoJustice needs your support. With news that Jeff Sessions is the incoming administration’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, LatinoJustice is gearing up for a greater struggle. Sessions infamously called LatinoJustice an extremist hate group in 2009 during Sonia Sotomayor’s U.S. Supreme Court Justice confirmation process, when citing her service on our Board of Directors. At the time, dozens of allies, like the Hispanic National Bar Association and even then-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, publicly defended the longtime civil rights work of LatinoJustice.
Tomorrow as you consider the many organizations you wish to support for Giving Tuesday, we hope you will elevate the work of LatinoJustice. Since 1972, LatinoJustice has fought and won numerous victories defending the rights of Latinos. We’ve stood up to bullies, taken on government and fostered leadership to ensure that every Latino has the opportunity to flourish in the United States.
Tomorrow many of us will gather with families to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This day has long been one to band together with loved ones a to express gratitude for the many blessings in our lives. At LatinoJustice, we are incredibly grateful for the support and dedication of the many individuals who stand beside us as we fight for the civil and human rights of Latinos – and all people – in this country. Particularly now, as hate and exclusion have become normalized by the incoming administration, we gain strength from the thousands of supporters and friends who have expressed their commitment to the struggle for justice and equality.
News that Kris Kobach has been named to the president-elect's transition team signals that the incoming administration remains committed to its promise to aggressively round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, tearing families apart and dashing the dreams of young DREAMers who had anticipated a clear path to citizenship.
The result of the presidential election has created much fear, concern and angst in the Latino and broader community. We are already hearing stories of Latinos being harassed by those who now feel more freedom to target our community.