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Juan Cartagena
Juan Cartagena is President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. He is a constitutional and civil rights attorney who has vast experience litigating cases on behalf of Latino and African American communities in the areas of voting rights, employment discrimination, language rights, access to public education for poor and language minority children, and housing.
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The Comey Speech Misses the Ñ

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 4:17 PM

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey broke new ground with an important speech this week about America's race problem in policing. Coming from anyone with authority from the FBI, home of J. Edgar Hoover and, yes, Robert Kennedy excesses, this was an incredible breath of fresh air....

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Rosie Pérez: Images and Wisdom

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 4:54 PM

The stereotype of Latina women that cabins her into an imagery of her beauty and sexuality and less about her intelligence and wisdom is a stereotype that exists in all professions. At the workplace this can be manifested in sexual harassment and overt discrimination at one extreme and implicit bias...

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Herman Badillo's Biggest Contrbution

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:36 AM

On December 3 in the middle of supporting the 43-city mobilization to stop U.S. foreign aid that fuels a vicious, inhumane drug war in Mexico and preparing for the press onslaught on the verdict of the killing of Eric Garner from a police choke hold, I learned that Herman Badillo...

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Garner's Legacy Can Only Be Grand Jury and Prosecutorial Reform

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:29 PM

"I can't breathe."

Eric Garner's death cannot be in vain. More so than even the Ferguson Grand Jury verdict, the videotaped killing of Mr. Garner must spur wholescale reform in addressing the use of police abuse and excessive force in our broken criminal justice system.

But it all starts with...

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Tragedies Surround the Death of Michael Brown

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 11:19 AM

The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than...

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Parallels Between DR and the Antebellum US

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:26 PM

The recent decision of the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic denying birthright citizenship to residents of Haitian ancestry has a parallel in American history: the infamous antebellum decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Dred Scott case.

The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic interpreted Article 11 of...

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Eating While Brown

(12) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 6:24 PM

Did you know that in Frederick County, Maryland until last week it was practically a crime to eat in public without lawful immigration papers?

Fortunately, last week a federal appeals court stopped this unjust police practice in a challenge by a courageous Latina woman named Roxana Orellana Santos who was...

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President, DOJ and State Attorneys General Must Fight Regressive Voting Laws

(3) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 2:50 PM

The Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder will roll back the impressive gains made by Latinos in Section 5 jurisdictions. The Court leaves jurisdictions with histories of voting discrimination with free reign to enforce changes to their election procedures without federal preclearance review. By finding Section 5's coverage...

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Arizona's Bullying of Latinos Takes Another Hit

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 4:38 PM

The Supreme Court this week halted Arizona's attempt to thwart the will of Congress when it established national norms for voter registration in federal elections with the National Voter Registration Act of 1995 ("NVRA").

This is good news considering the wave upon wave of state-based legislative attempts to suppress...

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The Other Big Voting Rights Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 2:55 PM

On March 18, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Arizona's incessant drive to suppress its Latino population can make it impossible for newly naturalized citizens to register to vote by mail. The case is Arizona v. The Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. and it represents Arizona's attempt to...

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No Time to Diminish Voting Rights

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:14 AM

The Supreme Court is at it again. Just years after it dodged the question of whether to outlaw the will of Congress by declaring the most critical section of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional, it will decide the issue anew. And just like the court's unsettling foray into the affirmative...

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We Come To Civilize the Big Players

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 2:38 PM

Earlier this year Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina reissued his call for all Central American nations to decriminalize drugs as a way to reduce the violence that is devastating the region. In 2001 Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed similar sentiments urging the United States to reciprocate. "Humanity will one day...

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Vinimos para civilizar a los grandes

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 10:16 AM

otto perez molina

Cuando el presidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, reclamó de nuevo a los países centroamericanos a descriminalizar el uso de drogas este año lo hizo con el propósito de eliminar la ola de violencia que amenaza la región. De esta manera hizo eco a...

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Arizona Scorecard: 3 Down, 1 To Go

(46) Comments | Posted July 1, 2012 | 8:36 AM

Not long ago the country's Latino community was abuzz with the news that the Obama administration would protect our DREAM students from deportation. A week later the euphoria is being tested by the Supreme Court's decision in the anti-immigrant case Arizona v. U.S. which demurred on the legality of the...

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Y a veces sigues...

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 5:59 PM

El anuncio del viernes pasado por la administración de Obama de detener la deportación de cientos de miles de meritorios Soñadores - DREAMers-, muchos de los cuales son latinos que contribuyen a este país, fue un momento clave en la lucha social más grande de nuestros tiempos: la lucha para...

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Sobre vigilancia policial a la juventud latina en Nueva York

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2012 | 7:30 AM

Desde los motines de los Zoot Suits en Los Ángeles hasta los incendios de basureros por los Young Lords en El Barrio, los jóvenes urbanos latinos han tenido que superar depredadores vestidos en azul. Un poco de alivio llegó a nuestras comunidades con la ola de programas y litigio que...

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Latino Stop & Frisk

(19) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 7:50 AM

From the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles to the garbage fires set by Young Lords in East Harlem, urban Latino youth have had to overcome predators in Blue. Some relief came with the wave of successful discrimination challenges that integrated the ranks of police with Blacks and Latinos. Law...

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