SU COMUNIDAD™: COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ADVOCACY
As the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community and the Hispanic community in general, the HNBA’s reach expands well beyond its attorney members, and into the communities where we live and serve. Through various community outreach and educational programs, as well as nonpartisan advocacy efforts*, we encourage Hispanic legal professionals, friends, and partners to get involved in these important efforts that impact millions of Hispanic individuals around the country. We invite you to be part of the solution. If you have questions or want to join HNBA’s advocacy efforts, contact the HNBA VP of External Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Without a doubt, U.S. Hispanic individuals are a significant cultural and economic force. Our contributions are integral to the country’s development and economic health. Yet even as we grow in influence and power, we too often neglect to protect ourselves and our families. Taking care of family is part of who we are as Hispanic individuals, but are we maximizing our resources in a way that allows us to take of our loved ones that are living while also providing a cushion for tomorrow? If something happened to us, would our loved ones find themselves without income? What can we do to safeguard our futures and the futures of those who are most important to us?
In partnership with Prudential, Su Dinero™ program participants now have access to a variety of educational materials and financial tools to achieve overall financial wellness for themselves, their families, and even future generations. This important two-prong program features an online tool that allows program participants to access digital financial wellness content as well as in-person financial education seminars. The seminars are being offered in selected cities across the country and during the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference and Annual Convention. The curriculum focuses on key financial concepts such as budgeting, debt management, protection of assets, tax implications of investment decisions, preparing for retirement and creating a financial legacy for your loved ones. Part of the Su Comunidad™ pillar of programs and initiatives, this program is another way to provide education and strategies intended to promote the economic empowerment of our members and communities. For more information, please click here.
What’s your financial wellness score? Whether trying to pay off student loans or planning for retirement, we could all use some help in getting our financial houses in order. HNBA Strategic Partner Prudential has also helped us create the online HNBA Su Dinero Financial Wellness Portal, which provides a number of tools to help you do just that, no matter what stage you’re at in your career!
Answer 20 simple questions and start planning for your future! Once your profile is created, you’ll be able to set your goals, customize your content and track your progress!
Click HERE to learn more and get started!
HNBA/VIA LA PROMESA EN EL DERECHO
La Promesa en el Derecho (The Promise in the Law) is a community outreach and education initiative designed to instill confidence and trust in the U.S. legal system. This bilingual booklet provides explanations at the 9th grade reading level of ten basic features of the American system of government: (1) The Constitution of the United States; (2) Separation of Powers; (3) The President of the United States; (4) The Congress of the United States; (5) The Supreme Court of the United States; (6) The Courts; (7) The Jury Process; (8) Basics Rights in a Criminal Proceeding; (9) The Freedom to Engage in Civic Activities; and (10) Voting. For an interesting look into the workings of the legal system through the eyes of one little girl: Victoria Goes to Court! Download the booklet HERE.
HNBA ADVOCACY DAY
In May of each year, the HNBA conducts its Advocacy Day activities in Washington, D.C. Members of the HNBA Board of Governors, leaders from affiliated Hispanic bar associations, and HNBA members from across the country meet in the nation’s capital to participate in networking activities and advocacy efforts before members of Congress, Cabinet members, Federal agencies, and Executive Branch officials.
We encourage your participation as one of our advocates during this important exercise of our fundamental civic rights.
Our ongoing legislative and advocacy priorities include:
- Immigration Reform
- Voting Rights Advancement Act
- Timely Confirmation of Diverse Judges and Executive Branch Nominees
- Criminal Justice Reform
- LGBT Non-Discrimination
- Equal Pay and Minimum Wage
- STEM Education & Broadband Access
- Legal Representation of Refugees
- Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
- US-Cuba Engagement
- Hates Crimes Act Enforcement
- Banning of Racial Profiling
- Increased Economic Opportunity
A complete description of the HNBA 2020 key legislative and advocacy priorities can be found HERE.
COALITION OF BAR ASSOCIATIONS OF COLOR (CBAC)
For over 25 years, CBAC has advocated on issues of mutual interests to the various constituents represented by its four member bar associations: the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), National Bar Association (NBA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and National Native American Bar Association (NNABA). In addition to their joint advocacy work and efforts on joint resolutions, CBAC also conducts an annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The annual meeting includes advocacy before members of Congress, senior White House officials, and other Cabinet members.
NATIONAL HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AGENDA (NHLA)
The Hispanic National Bar Association is a member of the NHLA, which is composed of 45 of the leading national and regional Hispanic civil rights and public policy organizations and other elected officials, and prominent Hispanic Americans. Established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association, NHLA’s mission calls for unity among Hispanic individuals around the country to provide the Hispanic community with greater visibility and a clearer, stronger influence in our country’s affairs.
HNBA/VIA IMMIGRANT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund Immigrant Legal Defense Fund provides grants for low-cost legal representation to assist in the defense of select immigration cases. We encourage everyone to consider donating to this important fund. The HNBA is confident that by working together with our members, partners and friends, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of immigrants across the country.
To donate to these key efforts, visit: hnba.com/immigrant-legal-defense