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Cesar Ruiz

  • Hosted by LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Sponsored by Lavan-Harris Charitable Fund
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school CUNY School of Law
  • Issue area Civil Rights/Civil Liberties, Voting Rights/Electoral Participation
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Cesar’s (he/him/his) project will break down barriers to voting and enhance access to key political processes for underrepresented Latino communities in New York and Florida.

Historically, Latinos have been deprived of access to the franchise under policies across the country which suppress and dilute Latino voting power and minimize representation. Denial of language assistance despite federal and state protections, deficient representation in redistricting processes, and lack of community engagement in Latino communities ensure that Latinos, who are the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority at around 18%, remain underrepresented in key political processes.

Specifically, in New York and Florida lack of civic engagement and education and non­participation in the redistricting process results in the underrepresentation of Latinos, as data shows that Latinos fall below the national average in a wide range of socio­economic indicators. Enhancing access to voting and the redistricting processes in both states will promote civic engagement, creating accountability to Latinx issues and communities.

Cesar’s Latinx heritage and upbringing motivate him to serve his community and to advocate for the range of issues impacting them.

Fellowship Plans

During his Fellowship, Cesar will provide voter and redistricting education and outreach, to the most populous Latino districts and provide oversight and advocacy for compliance with state and federal election law, litigating voting and redistricting issues as needed in Florida and New York. Cesar will also help form coalitions with partner organizations to develop networks to better serve Latinos in Florida and New York.

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Safeguarding the Right to Vote for Latinx Community Members

Three Class of 2021 grads have been awarded the Equal Justice Works Fellowship

Access to voting and a voice in the redistricting process are critical rights that must be protected and held open for all given their importance in determining the everyday intricacies of our lives. Now more than ever we must stand up together and demand access, transparency, and accountability.

Cesar Ruiz /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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