At a time when Latinos are interacting more than ever with police, courts and prisons, our confidence and hope in the U.S. criminal justice system continues to decrease dramatically. In recent decades, our community's exposure to all parts of the criminal justice system has risen even faster than the rest of the population. According to a Pew Research study, the share of inmates who were Hispanic in state, federal and local prisons and jails increased from 16% in 2000 to 20% in 2008 alone with those numbers rising even higher in the years that follow.
The same Pew Research study found that a rate of more than half (56%) of Latinos said they or an immediate family member had contact with the criminal justice system in the previous five years. A statistic that is alarmingly high for a community that is now finally being recognized as part of the essential workforce sustaining industries such as construction, agriculture, and hospitality.
As if Latinos didn’t have enough to worry about, we've even had to shamefully witness hate crimes turn into a form of sick entertainment on social media videos in which Latino vendors are being harassed and assaulted. Sadly, violence against Latinos isn’t anything new. In a report published by the FBI, the number of victims in anti-Latino or Hispanic hate crimes rose over 21% in 2018. As this despicable trend continues against our vulnerable community, what is even more disheartening is the realization that countless individuals who have been victimized never experience any form of justice.
There is tremendous value in having a legal team in your corner at every stage of your life + business to support you in navigating the system, protect you before anything bad happens and to also have your back if something does indeed go wrong. As a collective, we often feel helpless and powerless navigating the legal system, yet it doesn't have to be that way any longer.
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Everyone has basic rights under the U.S. Constitution and civil rights laws, regardless of immigration status. However, navigating the legal system can be all too intimidating. From family matters and rental agreements to business contracts and full blown court cases, there have been moments in all of our lives where consulting with a legal professional would have been in our upmost best interest, yet we were stopped in our tracks due to limited time and financial resources. Fortunately, we live in a phenomenal time where help and support are often just a finger tap or keyboard strike away.
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“In life, you can either be a victim or you can be a survivor."
Clyde Lee Dennis
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