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LatinoJustice Launches New Documentary Film Series “Decolonize Justice” Depicting True Stories of Latinos Impacted by the Criminal Justice System


LatinoJustice Launches New Documentary Film Series “Decolonize Justice” Depicting True Stories of Latinos Impacted by the Criminal Justice System

New York, NY

CONTACT: Elianne Ramos,, 212-739-7513

The Series, And Its Accompanying Tools And Platforms, Will Engage Latinos In Drug Policy Reform, Racial Profiling, Crimmigration, As Well As Other Criminal Justice Issues
New York, NY – Today, LatinoJustice has launched Decolonize Justice, a documentary film series tracing the very real link between colonization and oppression that has been fostered by the systems of law and order in the United States throughout the country’s history. The films, all based on true stories, were developed as part of a set of tools and platforms through which LatinoJustice will engage Latino communities in criminal justice, drug policy reform, racial profiling, crimmigration, and the stigma that runs throughout them all. To watch the full series, visit  
Developed as part of Re-Envision Justicia, a LatinoJustice initiative with the support of, the films place today’s oppression of Latinos and Latinas in the context of the colonization of the Americas and the prevalent view of Latinos as alien, illegal, and criminally predisposed, that dates back to the founding of the U.S.  
“In creating this series, we aim to highlight what we see as an imperative need to “decolonize” the system, meaning to physically and legally undo the criminal justice system’s historically oppressive constraints and practices,” said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel at LatinoJustice. “Our vision is that by highlighting the stories of those most impacted by systemic oppression, and through the efforts of our Re-Envision Justicia initiative, we can kickstart this decolonization process, because it is essential that this happens NOW.” 
The core film of the series, Bad Hombres, directed by Carlos Sandoval and Paula Heredia, explores the roots of criminalization of Latinos in the United States, from the colonization of Latin America and the Caribbean to today’s hyper-polarized political climate. An additional six short films, on topics ranging from Stigma and Reentry to Crimmigration, Police Brutality, Racial Profiling and more, bring to life the contemporary manifestations of oppression.  
More films will be added to the series in the coming year as LatinoJustice continues to explore an array of topics related to Latinos and the criminal justice system. Throughout these stories, the expert opinion of those whose work is centered in the criminal justice system juxtaposes factual and statistical information with historical, ongoing narratives about the Latino experience in the United States. 
For more information about the films, please contact Elianne Ramos, executive producer and Chief Communications Officer at Latino Justice, at To partner with our Reenvision Justicia initiative, please contact Jeronimo Saldaña, Co-Director of the Reenvision Justicia initiative, at  
About LatinoJustice 
LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education. For more than 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has acted as an advocate against injustices throughout New York and beyond. To learn more about LatinoJustice, visit
About Reenvision Justicia 
Re-Envision Justicia is a LatinoJustice initiative seeking to dismantle the corrupt American criminal justice system built to oppress Latinos and other communities of color. The collaborative, a network of more than 100 Latino organizers, lawyers and advocates, works to address the effects of the criminal justice system on their neighborhoods. 
About the Decolonize Justice Documentary Series 
Our narrative film project writes Latinxs into a history that would have us erased, the first step in decolonization. The series seeks to document the depth and impact of the harm the current criminal justice system has brought upon Latinx communities. By featuring the real stories of impacted Latinxs with insights from experts on the harms of the racialized and broken-beyond repair US criminal justice system, we make the invisible visible and elevate their voices as well as their solutions. To view the full documentary series, and to learn more, visit