LatinoJustice PRLDEF Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Champion Jackie Berrien

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following statement on the passing of attorney Jackie Berrien on Tuesday.

“Our sincere condolences are sent to the family and friends of our wonderful colleague Jackie Berrien who passed away today much too early. Jackie was a great friend to me for decades.

We were co-counsel and collaborators on many issues affecting the lives of African-American and Latino communities in this country. At the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Jackie was a consistent supporter of coalition work especially in the area of voting rights and election protection through the New York Voting Rights Consortium.

As the former Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jackie was instrumental in ensuring broad support among all racial groups for policy reform within her agency. Her leadership at the EEOC resulted in a new Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of 1964 – an important contribution to fairness at the workplace that I had the privilege of testifying in favor of – and at her urging.

This in essence was Jackie – an incredibly intelligent and fearless champion of civil rights who understood how policy and politics get moved when supported by the joint efforts of so many stakeholders.

The Latino community, and indeed, all of America, lost an excellent servant today that dedicated her career to justice.”

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