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We Rise - Year-End Message

We Rise - Year-End Message

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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.

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As 2018 winds down, LatinoJustice continues to focus on the road forward.

While we broke bread with our families this past weekend, we processed images of children and their parents fleeing violence in their homelands only to be met with tear gas and hostility at the U.S. border. It seemed all too easy to fall into despair. But yielding to terror tactics is not the answer.

At LatinoJustice, these horrific images and the understanding that our administration has undertaken a war on immigrant families strengthens our resolve to fight every day to defend humanity. We will not yield. With your support, we will continue to leverage the law to defend the rights of all human beings and we will champion the Latinx community until this country remembers to do what is right. Together, we rise. Click here or look below for a year-end message from Juan Cartagena.

Thank you for standing by us and our peer organizations as we take every possible action to stop the inhumane response of our federal government to the plight of Latinx immigrant families seeking asylum.

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