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Speak for Those in the Shadows, Student Urges ABA

Friday, July 29, 2011

  • By: Betsy Adeboyejo
  • Organization: American Bar Association News Service

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities opened its doors again today to hear testimony on the legal challenges facing Latinos in the country.

This time Latino leaders in the U.S. Southwest had a chance to add their concerns, experiences, and suggestions to the record that will be used as a catalyst to promote changes and policy that affect the Latino community.

“As students we do not want to live in fear anymore,” said Hector Gaucin, who identified himself as a DREAM Act student from the University of Texas at Austin. He was the last person to testify, but asked that his issue take top priority in the commission’s assessment of the needs of Latinos.

“I’m asking the commission to please be the voice of those in the shadows,” he said.

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