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Juan Cartagena

Treatment and Compassion, Not War

Juan Cartagena | Posted 03.25.2017 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

In the War on Drugs no one really wins. Even drug traffickers with all their riches kill each other off. For these reasons and more, the possibility of global drug reform represented by April's special United Nation's session on the topic symbolizes hope for many people.

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

Juan Cartagena | Posted 02.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The role of the prosecutor in America is a powerful one perhaps unequaled in both power and envy. They execute their duties with almost unbridled discretion and their decisions to charge or not are exercised with virtually no immediate accountability save the ballot box.

Parallels Between DR and the Antebellum US

Juan Cartagena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The sovereign right of every nation to define its citizenship is inalienable. On that score the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic is on solid ground. But the retroactive application of the decision is another thing entirely.

Arizona's Bullying of Latinos Takes Another Hit

Juan Cartagena | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

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.

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

Juan Cartagena | Posted 05.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

Before the National Voter Registration Act, citizens had to "earn" their right to vote by hurdling unnecessary state barriers to voter registration. While the NVRA has definitely helped, America's worldwide standing among democracies for both voter registration and turnout is still embarrassing.