For Immediate Release
August 10, 2020
For more information contact:
Julio Ricardo Varela, [email protected], Latino Rebels
If you’ve had an opportunity to visit and peruse our newly redesigned website, you may have noticed a few key changes. As teased in my earlier message a few weeks ago, LatinoJustice has gone through a rebranding process that includes:
On August 10th, a group of Latino leaders launched “Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary,” (HFJ) a network of Latino elected officials, legal, civil rights, labor, and academic voices committed to raising awareness around the impact federal courts and judges have on the Latino community.
Participants discussed the judiciary’s importance as the last line of defense on issues ranging from immigration and voting rights to reproductive justice and labor protections. They also weighed in on Judge Kavanaugh’s record and potential impact on the Latino community.
Civic engagement groups filed suit against 32 Florida counties who are in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965’s requirement to provide bilingual voting materials and assistance, including ballots and poll worker support, for Puerto Rican-educated, Spanish-speaking United States citizens. The plaintiffs are represented by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Demos, and the law firm of Altshuler Berzon LLP. Service Employees International Union also represents certain plaintiffs. Currently, many thousands of Puerto Rican and other Spanish-speaking Florida residents with limited English proficiency are being impeded from exercising their fundamental right to vote because elections in many parts of the state are conducted only in English.
En el 3 de agosto 2018 en Chicago, Illinois el American Bar Association otorgará su Premio John Marshall a Juan Cartagena, abogado de derechos civiles y constitucionales, quien ha dirigido LatinoJustice PRLDEF desde 2011. El premio, establecido en 2001 por la División Judicial y el Comité Sobre el Sistema Judicial Americano, reconoce a personas dedicadas al mejoramiento de la administración de la justicia. Los premiados se escogen por tener un impacto positivo a nivel nacional en el sistema de justicia por medio de promover reformas de la misma y enaltecer el conocimiento público sobre sus operaciones.
On August 3, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois the American Bar Association will confer its John Marshall Award to Juan Cartagena, a civil rights and constitutional law attorney who has led LatinoJustice PRLDEF since 2011. Created in 2001 by the ABA’s Judicial Division and Standing Committee on the American Judicial System, the John Marshall Award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to the improvement of the administration of justice. Recipients are chosen among those who make a positive national impact on the justice system by promoting its reform and public awareness.