Everyday Law for Latino/as

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Now the most populous minority group in the United States, Latino/as increasingly need guidance on the everyday issues that affect their economic livelihood, their freedom, and their equal rights to dignity and opportunity. This comprehensive guide is organized around the three flashpoints that contribute to the unique legal treatment of Latino/as—immigration status, language regulation, and racial/ethnic discrimination. These points are examined in the venues of everyday life for Latino/as—from discrimination in housing to discrimination and language regulation in the workplace, to the lack of protection for immigrant labor, to classrooms where the bilingual education debate rages, to the voting booth and the criminal justice system where Latino/as confront racial profiling and language barriers.
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“This is a fascinating and useful resource, in effect an instructional manual for advice on the many dimensions of immigration, education, housing, voting rights, consumer rights, language issues, and other legal needs of the Latino population. I would not have thought that a single book could have harnessed all this detailed information, but remarkably, it does so with just enough details and reference material. I predict it will be on the desk of many people who work with this community, and will be dog-eared and book-marked by most. I expect to use it regularly and to recommend it widely.”

Everyday Law for Latinos will no doubt prove to be an essential reference for Latina/os across the United States. Chock-full of useful and relevant information on the law of employment, housing, language discrimination, education, voting, criminal justice, immigration and immigrant rights, and much more, this volume will be virtually indispensable to Latina/os seeking to protect their rights. In clear and precise prose, the book provides basic legal knowledge on issues of critical importance to the Latina/o community. Covering a subject per chapter, the book outlines the law in understandable terms—not easy for many lawyers to do—and provides invaluable references to resources with additional information on each topic. Professors Bender, Aldana, Carrasco, and Avila should be congratulated on doing a great service to a community that all too often must face off with the law.”

“Written with compassion and precision, Everyday Law for Latino/as is an invaluable tool for our farm workers, their advocates, and others as well as for Latino/as of any background or profession. We are thankful to the authors for their dedication to make the tools for justice accessible in this book.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594513435
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Everyday Law
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Bender, James and Ilene Hershner Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law, is the author of Greasers and Gringos: Latinos, Law, and the American Imagination (New York University Press, 2003).

Raquel Aldana is a human rights attorney and a professor in the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She teaches courses on immigration law, criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and international public law.

Gilbert Paul Carrasco, Professor of Law at Willamette University, is a noted expert on civil rights law, immigration law, and constitutional law. He is the author of three national casebooks on these subjects and numerous law review articles.

Joaquin G. Avila, Professor of Law at Seattle University, is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and nationally recognized expert on Latino/a voting rights. He teaches courses on civil procedure, constitutional law, voting rights, and Latino/as and the law.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1:Introduction
Broad Scope of Latino/a Population
Sources of Law
Overview of the Book
Practical Guidance for Latino/as

Chapter 2: Employment Law
Discrimination in Hiring and Employment
Terms and Conditions of Employment
Sexual Harassment
Language Requirements in the Workplace
Rights of Undocumented Workers
Farm Worker Wages

Chapter 3: Discrimination in Housing
Landlord Discrimination
Habitability of Housing
Landlord Obligations to Spanish-Speaking Tenants
Discrimination in Lending

Chapter 4: Language Discrimination
Official English and English-Only Laws
Government Obligations to Spanish Speakers
Spanish Language and Family Law
English-Only Rules in Places of Entertainment
Language Fraud in the Marketplace

Chapter 5: Hate Speech
Hate Speech on the Job
Hate Speech at Home and on the Street
Derogatory Media Stereotypes of Latino/as
Walkouts, Protests, and Boycotts: Legal Limits

Chapter 6: Education
The No Child Left Behind Act
Affirmative Action and Higher Education
Race-Conscious Measures in K-12 Schools
Rights of Undocumented Children
Bilingual Education

Chapter 7: Voting Rights
Barriers to Effective Political Participation
Dilution of Latino/a Voting Strength
Section 5 Preclearance
Invisible Government Boards

Chapter 8: Criminal Justice System
Racial Profiling
The Right to Remain Silent
Pretrial Language Rights
Language Rights During a Criminal Trial
Spanish Speakers on Criminal Juries
Prisoners' Language Rights
Immigration Crimes
Immigration Consequences for the Commission of Crime

Chapter 9: Immigrats Choosing Lawyers and Filing Taxes
Choosing Legal Representation
Paying Taxes in the United States

Chapter 10: Documented Immigrants
Government Benefits
Family Unification
Removal: Reasons, Process, and Relief

Chapter 11: Undocumented Migrants
Government Benefits
Access to Higher Education
Ordinary Living
Legalization, Removal, and Relief from Removal
Domestic Violence: Legalization of Victims and Removal

Chapter 12: Conclusion

About the Authors

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