Donate Now to the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities
The ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities (Hispanic Commission) addresses key legal issues facing Hispanics throughout the U.S. such as voting rights, immigration, civil rights, and access to the courts. The Hispanic Commission provides the ABA and its members the necessary insight to serve the legal needs of the Latino community. The Latino community is the largest and fastest growing demographic constituting, as of 2010, 16.3 % of the total U.S. population. It is a demographic that is in need of legal counsel: as it builds small businesses that grow and employ members of the community, as it buys a home for the first time, as it sees its first generation of children graduate college and enter the professional workforce and in essence achieve the American dream.
Your charitable support of the Hispanic Commission’s work is greatly appreciated and will help expand on our accomplishments and activities to date, which include:
Latinos in the United States: Overcoming Legal Obstacles, Engaging in Civic Life: A comprehensive report released by the Hispanic Commission in August 2013, which identifies eight key findings as legal challenges to the Latino community in the United States.
Educational Programs: Since 2013, the Hispanic Commission has sponsored 18 CLE programs. The programs are unique as they present issues pertinent to the Hispanic Community. A few of the CLE topics include: Representing Spanish Speaking Clients, Doing Business in Cuba, Legal Issues and the Zika Virus, and Voter ID Laws.
Policy: In August 2016, the ABA unanimously adopted Resolution 110 that urges federal, state, local and territorial law-enforcement authorities to provide an accurate Spanish-language Miranda translation. The Hispanic Commission will be using technology implement the translation and assist law enforcement.
Home Ownership Videos: The production and distribution of short videos on home ownership providing information to prospective homeowners and homeowners under an imminent threat of foreclosure. Collaborating partners include the Hispanic Commission, the ABA section on Real Property, Trust and Estate law, the Hispanic National Bar Association, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, and the National Council of La Raza.
Other Topics: The Commission is working on a variety of programs, including unauthorized practice of law (Notario Fraud), language access in the courts, voting rights, and much more.
The public service and educational programs of the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities receive funding through the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE). The FJE was created to accept gifts and grants to support the ABA’s public service work. The FJE qualifies as an exempt fund under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and all contributions to the FJE are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.