Talk: “Latinos and Civil Rights: Lifting the Cloak of Invisibility”
Speaker: Juan Cartagena, civil rights attorney
Wednesday 25 March, 5:30 pm in Northen Auditorium in Leyburn Library
Mr. Cartagena is president and general counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a New York–based civil rights organization. He has represented Latino and African American communities in areas of litigation such as voting rights, access to public education, discrimination in the workplace, and language rights.
As the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act take hold on the national consciousness the role of Latino communities in both the expansion of civil rights and as victims of state-sponsored, state-ignored violence and exclusion has yet to receive full attention. This lecture will explore both historical and contemporaneous examples of this invisibility, with a particular focus on voting rights and criminal justice.