LatinoJustice PRLDEF Lawyer Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Named President of National Lawyers Guild

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2015

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Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, a staff attorney at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, has been named President of the National Lawyers Guild.

The Guild is a public interest association of lawyers, law students, paralegals, jailhouse lawyers, law collective members, and other activist legal workers in the United States dedicated to changing the structure of the political and economic system.

The group was founded in 1937 and is the first U.S. bar association to allow the admission of people of color to their ranks.

“I am honored to serve as President of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation’s first integrated bar association and one that has consistently promoted and upheld the principles of human rights and social justice, at times challenging the very presumptions of our legal, political and economic structures,” said Bannan. “As our communities struggle against police brutality and state-sanctioned violence, unprecedented high levels of income inequality, forced displacement and gentrification, the detention and mass incarceration of immigrants and people of color, and the evisceration of hard fought civil and human rights protections, the National Lawyers Guild’s critical work in providing legal support to communities in resistance is more imperative now than ever.”

Bannan was installed as President during the Guild’s 2015 national convention in mid-October. Bannan oversees LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s LAW (Latinas at Work) project. LAW challenges the systemic abuse and exploitation of low-wage immigrant women workers.

“Natasha’s work as president of the Guild, along with her work on LAW, will bring together her commitment to social justice and her desire for fairness for those who need support and protection,” said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “Natasha’s passion for justice on a host of human rights topics clearly fits into the long and important history of the Guild. The LatinoJustice PRLDEF family and many other advocates for social justice are rightly happy that she will lead the organization.”

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