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Arcelia Hurtado
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Arcelia Hurtado, Esq., has been a life-long activist for civil rights. She has been a trial and appellate lawyer representing adults and children in the criminal justice system and most recently, representing women on death row. She is the former Executive DIrector of Equal Rights Advocates, a national women's rights organization, and she founded and co-directs the Breaking Down the Barriers/Let Her work Project that assists formerly incarcerated women reenter the workforce. Arcelia has also been a teacher having taught at various law schools; a mentor for students pursuing public interest legal careers; and an active board member of various professional, legal services, philanthropic, and community-based organizations. She is the former Deputy Director and currently a Policy Advisor at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving LGBT equality through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

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First They Came for the Refugees...

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 10:38 AM

As many of us relaxed with our families and celebrated the beginning of a new year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided the homes of Central American refugees in Texas, Georgia and North Carolina and arrested 121 people, many of them mothers with young children.

Sadly, there is...

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The Women of Texas -- Part 2 of a Series

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Soon after I published Part 1 in this series, which focused on the egregious civil rights abuses suffered by women in the Rio Grande Valley in my home state of Texas, a reader asked why I didn't write about lesbians. Why, she wondered, was my article "focused mainly on women...

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The Women of Texas: Part 1 of a Series

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:27 PM

Later this week, I'm traveling to my home state of Texas, inspired in part by a report detailing the harsh realities facing Latinas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley: Nuestra Voz, Nuestra Salud Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Women's Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley.

Written by the...

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My Relationship With This Country as an Immigrant Has Come Full Circle

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Listening to President Obama speak on the need for comprehensive immigration reform in San Francisco's Chinatown last week made me realize how my own relationship as an immigrant in this country has come full circle. I grew up in the small border town of McAllen, Texas, located in the lower...

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The Road Forward: An Interview with Jennifer Johnson, Deputy Public Defender, SF

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 8:16 PM

Jennifer Johnson has been working with San Francisco's mental health court to provide gender specific services for women since 2005. She is a founding member of San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court and one of the organizers of The Road Forward, a fundraiser to benefit women as they transition...

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The Women of Wal-Mart

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 6:31 PM

More than 10 years ago, Stephanie Odle made her then-three-year-old daughter a promise. Odle, one of the named plaintiffs in Dukes v. Wal-Mart -- a historic lawsuit that charges the nation's largest employer of sex discrimination in pay and promotions -- told her daughter that she "was never going to...

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The Power of Language

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 7:38 PM

The majority leader of the California Assembly recently referred to the state's chief justice as "attractive" in a debate over legislation to reduce her oversight of the California court system.

Majority Leader Charles Calderon's remarks (D-Whittier) about Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye were inappropriate at best and worthy of the immediate...

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Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law Hits Women the Hardest

(114) Comments | Posted July 2, 2010 | 2:12 PM

Rosa B. was raped at work today. Arizona's anti-immigrant law would also send her to jail if she reports it.

Rosa B.'s story is emblematic of the work that I do with Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a national women's rights advocacy organization based in San Francisco. Her story also...

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