Host: Youth Represent
Carlos will provide litigation, advocacy, and community programming to meet the identified needs of Black and Brown residents in neighborhoods in the Metropolitan D.C. areas that are plagued by unjust, racially motivated police practices.
More than 80% of individuals stopped in the Metropolitan D.C. areas are Black or Brown residents. With Washington, D.C. being the fastest gentrifying city in America, People of Color are being displaced and over-policed at alarming rates. Current over-policing tactics of over responsiveness to calls for service, increased patrols, and “corner-clearing” are leading to residents of color feeling at odds with the officers who are reported to protect them. Further, an increase in stop and frisk tactics across the region is leading to more frequent violation of residents’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
The D.C. Metropolitan area is in need of a comprehensive response that combines direct representation for those whose rights have been violated, empowerment of People of Color’s voices, and community development campaigns to address the ongoing systemic racism Black and Brown residents face.
Carlos’s upbringing in a working-class family of color motivates his commitment to racial justice.
During his Fellowship, Carlos will represent individuals and classes of people who have had their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights trampled. Carlos will also engage directly with communities of color to identify needs and approaches best suited for them. Through community collaboration, Carlos will ultimately advocate for policies that support transparency and police accountability.
As a first-generation attorney and child of Puerto Rican descent, I feel morally obligated to fight the prejudicial systems that have placed so many People of Color at a disadvantage in our contemporary society.
Carlos Andino /
2020 Equal Justice Works Fellow
Host: Youth Represent
Host: Equal Justice Center
Host: Florida Institutional Legal Services, Inc.
Sponsor: Advocacy Center for Persons With Disabilities, Inc., The Florida Bar Foundation
Host: The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law