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Juan Espinoza Muñoz

  • Hosted by Public Counsel
  • Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Service location Los Angeles , California
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Community/Economic Development, Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Juan (he/his/him) will equip low-income entrepreneurs and community-based organizations with the legal tools to help build a more equitable small business economy that moves capital and power into the hands of Los Angeles communities of color.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended Los Angeles’s small business economy. And like the virus’s health impacts, its economic effects have disproportionately harmed communities of color and continue to exacerbate systemic racism. In LA’s Asian ethnic enclaves, many family-owned, immigrant businesses were unable to navigate recovery programs, with more and faster relief services directed to majority white, west-side areas. In South LA, predominantly low-income Black and Latino communities were kept from financial assistance and the last to have accessible testing sites–months after the breakout. In East LA, street vendors were excluded from relief programs and forced to rely on small cash grants provided by nonprofits for basic sustenance and survival.

Juan’s love of the immigrant community that carried him forward—the ingenuity, resilience, and joyful magic—fuels his passion to fight for racial and economic justice at Public Counsel in Los Angeles.

Fellowship Plans

During his Fellowship, Juan will provide transactional legal assistance to help minority-owned small businesses access recovery and survive financial hardship. He will expand the capacity of community-based organizations to develop new ownership models for cooperative economic success. Additionally, he will engage in policy advocacy through narrative and visual arts platforms that elevate the voices of low-income entrepreneurs of color.

Media

2021 Greenberg Traurig Equal Justice Works Law Fellows to Tackle Racial, Economic, and Social Justice Issues

Eight from Harvard Law named Equal Justice Works Fellows

I’m excited to join a growing coalition of advocates that will shift power in ways that uplift the stories of people like my parents—Mexican working-class immigrants that have lived an entire life serving and making others feel more at home.

Juan Espinoza Muñoz /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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