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Film Industry Honors Mexican Deputy Prosecutor for Commitment to Anti-Piracy Act

 “We are thrilled to recognize the arduous work that Muñoz Vázquez has conducted over the years against piracy.  As chief of the specialized unit of the Office of the Attorney General dedicated to fighting this crime, he has injected boundless energy into combating the actions of those who profit financially from the hard work and creativity of others,” said Steve Solot, Senior Vice President for Latin American Operations of the Motion Picture Association.

Four Conspirators Sentenced in Scheme to Transport Hundred of Prostitutes in Maryland

Judge Williams sentenced Manuel Jandres, age 40, of Germantown today, to 15 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release; Eliazor Aparicio, age 31, of Wheaton, on Tuesday, October 9, to 18 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport prostitutes; Elsy Aparicio, age 35, of Gaithersburg, on Wednesday to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport prostitutes and for  money launde

Former staff attorney returns to make strides toward Latino civil rights

 “Nancy Ramirez brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to civil rights causes that fundamentally define the future of Latinos and California.  With Nancy Ramirez at the helm, MALDEF is primed to expand our efforts here in Los Angeles and throughout the ninth-circuit,” said John Trasviña, MALDEF President and General Counsel.

230,000 Salvadorans May Qualify for TPS Re-registration

The 18-month extension of TPS for nationals of El Salvador became effective September 9, 2007, and will remain in effect until March 9, 2009.  Nationals of El Salvador who have received TPS previously must re-register for the 18-month extension during a 60-day re-registration period, which began August 21, 2007 and closes on October 22, 2007.  

Nine Montgomery County Women to be Recognized as Women of Achievement

Nancy Navarro, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, was nominated by Montgomery County Business and Professional Women. In addition, she chairs the Board’s Communications and Public Engagement Committee and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. She is co-founder of Centro Familia, a community-based non-profit organization that assists the economic and educational development of Latino and other immigrant communities.

Colombia: The Multi-faceted Motivation of the FARC and Prospects for Peace

• The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) claim to be fighting for social justice, but for most Colombians, their use of terrorizing tactics and their extensive role in the drug trade mark them as something else.

• The guerrillas are not uniform in their motives; some truly seek social justice, others are looking for adventure, and some just want revenge.

• Scholars present various theories of what drives the FARC, including a self-

Latinos File Lawsuit against Prince William County

“This ordinance, which expresses the worst instincts of a few in the county, is destroying the basic fabric of community life,” said Cesar Perales, PRLDEF President and General Counsel. “Latino children should be taught to trust police. Not to fear they might take their parents away.”

Arlington Dems Urge Voters to Reject Politics of Hate

“Virginia Republicans have nothing to offer the voters, so once again they’re peddling hatred and fear,” said ACDC Chairman Peter Rousselot. “The voters of Virginia should recognize these attacks for what they are: acts of political desperation.”  


Defend the Honor

During a town hall meeting at the GALA Hispanic Theater in Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, leaders of nearly half dozen Hispanic groups promised to continue pressing PBS so that the omission of Latinos in future historical projects never happens again.

Chamber Applauds Court Ruling in DHS “Social Security No-Match” Regulation

"Today, the Court reaffirmed its concern about the government’s authority to act and its failure to adequately consider the costs it imposes on small businesses" said Robin Conrad, executive vice president for the Chamber’s National Litigation Center.

President Bush Attends Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at White House

"Yamile Llanes Labrada, and her daughter, Shirlen García, have joined me in the Oval Office.  Yamile is the wife of a political prisoner in Cuba, Dr. José Luis García Paneque.  The doctor was a plastic surgeon.  He did nothing more than advocate for freedom.  And he’s now in prison.  And not only is he in prison, he’s ill.  And so one of the messages I have for the Cuban leader is, free this man, and free other political prisoners.