LJP Update: Protecting Florida Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Convening and more!

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Join us for our 2016 Gala

Join 400+ of our supporters, sponsors and partners as we honor:

Lucero, David Arroyo, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
Corporate Leader - Mercer
Community Champion - Cesar D. Vargas, Co-Founder, Dream Action Coalition
Vanguard - Debo Adegbile, Partner, Wilmer Hale

This year’s Gala theme, Forging a Powerful Future, speaks to the growing influence of Latinos nationwide. As we shape civic, political and social movements, Latinos must come together to exercise their voices and votes to ensure equality, access and justice for decades to come.

For more information, click here.

2nd National Convening of Latinos to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

More than 200 activists, lawyers, students and academics gathered Sept. 21-22 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to discuss and address how the criminal justice system treats Latinos. The solutions packed event consisted of speakers such as John Jay Professor and Latinos and Criminal Justice: An Encyclopedia author José Luis Morín, LatinoJustice President Juan Cartagena, LatinoJustice Associate Counsel Natasha Lycia Bannan and formally incarcerated activist leader Jason Hernandez, one of the first Latinos whose sentence was commuted by President Obama. 

You can read more about the conference here.

You can also see a social media roundup on storify here.

Voting Rights Groups Produce Spanish Language Voter Educational Materials

In order to help millions of Spanish speaking voters and respond to the lack of online voting information in Spanish, a coalition of voting rights groups have produced a series of helpful Spanish-language graphics and educational materials for National Voter Registration Day and Election Day. The materials are available online.

The downloadable and shareable social media graphics are available in Spanish here, and in English here.

Read more here.

Florida Voting Rights Update

ACLU of Florida Lawyers Conference 2016: Civil Rights attorneys from across the Sunshine State gathered in Delray Beach on September 10, 2016 for the ACLU of Florida’s Annual Lawyers Conference. LatinoJustice’s Southeast Regional Office’s Associate Counsel Martha Pardo presented on a panel titled, “2016 Election-Recent Florida Redistricting Cases and New Forms of Voter Suppression.” Martha spoke about new forms of voter suppression taking place across the country and how following the US Supreme Court’s Shelby decision, voter suppression efforts have risen which affect the ever growing Latino population. Despite recent court victories regarding these new forms of voter suppression, such as voter ID laws, much work remains in order to protect Latino voters.

NALEO Educational Fund Press Conference for National Voters’ Registration Day: LatinoJustice was front and center at a press conference hosted by the NALEO Educational Fund at the Ana G. Mendez University in Orlando on September 27, 2016 to kickoff National Voters’ Registration Day. Other organizations participating included the Hispanic Federation, NCLR, Mi Familia Vota, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration. The groups highlighted the local efforts to register Latino voters in Central Florida. LatinoJustice Associate Counsel Martha Pardo emphasized the importance of protecting Latino voters, and highlighted LJP’s exciting new Cada Voto Cuenta voter protection program who will have bilingual volunteers monitoring pollsites in five states including Central and South Florida on Election Day.

To volunteer on Election Day, click here.

Landmark Settlement in Census Bureau Employment Discrimination Hiring Case Approved

A New York federal court has approved the settlement of a landmark class action in which African American and Latino job applicants alleged illegal background check policies and practices at the U.S. Census Bureau denied them access to more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census. On September 20, 2016, Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of the Southern District of New York approved Plaintiffs’ proposed nationwide settlement agreement with the Census Bureau in Gonzalez et. al v. Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. After six years of complex litigation, Plaintiffs’ motions for class certification, attorneys’ fees and costs, and $10,000 service awards for each of the class agent plaintiffs, were approved without objection.

Read more here.

Events and Notices

  • Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County (LLQC) 20th Annual Gala: LLQC will be honoring LJP Deputy General Counsel Jose Perez as their 2016 Lawyer of the year in recognition of his 30+ years of public interest service, culminating in his recent successful representation of Cesar Vargas as one of the first Dreamer/undocumented law graduates to be admitted to practice in the U.S. You can read a press release on this story here.
    When: October 14th 7pm More info: here
  • LAWbound Winter Academy: We are accepting applications for our LAWbound 2017 Winter Academy, which takes place January 9th—13th. If you are a Latin@ undergraduate student interested in pursuing a legal career, this program is for you. The application deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016. Please click here for more information about our LAWbound program and the application packet.
    Deadline: November 18th Where: LatinoJustice
  • La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships applications are now open: The La Unidad Latina Foundation (LULF) was established in 1999 to serve as an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to funding educational achievement and civic empowerment in the Latino community. LULF Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to undergraduate four-year college, and graduate.
    More info: here. National Scholarship: here DREAM scholarship: here

Juan Opina

No Puede Ser Por Su Propia Voluntad: La Prensa reportó la semana pasada los resultados de una encuesta de hombres latinos sobre sus perspectivas en cuanto a la prostitución de mujeres latinas en la urbe neoyorquina. El reportaje es sumamente importante porque vira el enfoque a nosotros mismos como pueblo latino.
Este artículo fue publicado en El Diario y puedes verlo aquí.

La reforma migratoria debe incluir reformas a las política de droga: El mes pasado se reportó que, anticipando el triunfo de los Demócratas en la elección presidencial en noviembre, miembros del Senado se reunieron para proponer reformas migratorias a principio de 2017. En su discurso en la convención Democrática, Hillary Clinton prometió “construir un camino hacia la ciudadanía para millones de inmigrantes que ya contribuyen a la economía”. Sin embargo, a centralizar la reforma migratoria entre las prioridades de una nueva administración, es importante que las nuevas aproximaciones mejoren las propuestas anteriores e incluyan componentes de reforma a la política sobre drogas.
Este artículo fue publicado en El Diario y puedes verlo aquí.

Twitter Highlights

What would happen if 11 Million People were deported? Hint, would mean massive hit to economies and communities around country link here

Great crowd at the #CloseRikers rally! We are at the entrance to the bridge to #RikersIsland. pic.twitter.com/561aAIAxTb

Afro-Latinos Have a Well-Deserved Place at the New National Museum of African American History link here

Meet the LJPFamilia – Marvin España

Where are you originally from?

Jamaica, Queens!

What law school do you attend?

Brooklyn Law School

Why do you want to become a lawyer?

I wanted to work in Social Services but I was constantly hit with roadblocks and obstacles that limited the help I wanted to give. Being a lawyer will allow me to give advice and legal advice while combating against a legal system that can be used to oppress and discriminate.

Why did you want to intern at LJP?

LJP’s fights against the injustices that try to hide behind the law and I want to be part of that fight. LJP has the tools, knowledge, and the exceptional advocates to teach me how to promote equality for Latinos and minorities alike

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