More than 30 Latino state lawmakers from across the country, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, came to Arizona for NHCSL’s bi-annual Executive Committee meeting. Legislators met with advocates who are providing critical support services to the kids who are held in these detention facilities.
As of 2016, Latinas only made up 1.3% of state legislative seats and only 1.6% of Congressional seats. Much more needs to be done to close that gap and that is the mission of the Latinas Lead Initiative and their first Leadership Academy.
More than 30 Latino Legislators from across the country, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico gathered in Phoenix to visit a child detention center, meet with advocates and officials on the ground and propose solutions to guarantee family reunification and a permanent end to the Administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
NHCSL strongly condemned the inclusion of a question regarding the US Citizenship status in the 2020 Census. Latino legislators committed to doing everything in their power to ensure that the Constitution is respected and that the decennial count includes everyone.
The John S. Martinez Leadership Scholarship program is specifically designed to help Hispanic high school students achieve educational success. This program has been implemented within the 38 states and territories that have Hispanic state legislators. The award will be provided to a total of 11 Hispanic public high school students; no more than 2 recipients shall be selected per state.