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LatinoJustice President's Address - Courage and Transformation - Juan Cartagena

LatinoJustice President's Address - Courage and Transformation - Juan Cartagena

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Juan Cartagena

Juan Cartagena
President & General Counsel

"There is an urgent need today … to analyze the intersection of police reforms, changes in the penal system and drug policy in this country. In reality, Latinos are disproportionately and negatively affected by police and criminal system practices that discriminate against them but rarely involve them in forging solutions."

One of the nation’s leading voices on equality and nondiscrimination, Constitutional and Civil Rights Attorney Juan Cartagena inspires change to systems that marginalize communities of color. As a public speaker, El Diario columnist, and Rutgers University lecturer, Juan focuses extensively on Puerto Rican and Latino rights issues, including the community impacts of mass incarceration.

Juan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law and is the recipient of multiple recognitions, including Dartmouth College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Cesar Chavez Community Service Award. Juan lives in and represents the State of New Jersey, having previously served as a Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken and as General Counsel to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

You can read Juan Cartagena's bi-weekly column in El Diario here.

Have a question for him or a thought about his articles? Tweet him @LJCartagena!

"It’s not easy being latina / latino in the u.s. today and in the 2020 national elections and its aftermath, no matter who wins, it will not be easy being latina/latino in the u.s. A reelection of the incumbent will embolden hate like few times in our history Similarly, an election of a new president will embolden hate like few times in our history" What's at stake?

  • Representation and participation
  • Safety and security
  • Liberty and dignity
  • Opportunity and access

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF elaborates on these struggles as it connects to our pillars, Immigrant Rights, Voting Rights, Economic Justice, Criminal Justice Reform, Leadership Development and Puerto Rico