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: 9781594513442
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Series: Everyday Law
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (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

1 Introduction 1

2 Employment law 7

3 Discrimination in housing 37

4 Language discrimination 51

5 Hate speech 64

6 Education 77

7 Voting rights 98

8 Criminal justice system 114

9 Immigrants choosing lawyers and filing taxes 157

10 Documented immigrants 173

11 Undocumented migrants 205

12 Conclusion 242

Index 247

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