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Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights

The Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights Task Force works to protect the civil rights, housing and voting rights of the Latino community.  The task force oversees issues such as the Voting Rights Act, hate crimes, and housing fairness.

Members:
Rep. José Serrano, Co-Chair
Rep. Norma Torres, Co-Chair
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

More on Civil Rights, Housing, and Voting Rights

Mar 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, March 16th, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressing concerns about reports of right-wing radicalism and white supremacy extremism within U.S. military ranks.

Mar 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, introduced by Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37). The bill takes bold steps in implementing policing reforms and holding police departments accountable while also providing a path for law enforcement to build back trust with the communities they serve.

Feb 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) endorsed the Equality Act, introduced by LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (RI-01). The bill prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas such as employment, education, housing, credit, the jury system, public accommodations and facilities, and federal funding. 29 states across America still lack comprehensive statewide laws against LGBTQ discrimination, leaving large gaps in LGBTQ protections. Following the endorsement, CHC Chairman Raul Ruiz, M.D.

Jan 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, President Joe Biden signed four executive actions to confront systemic racism and advance racial equity. The executive actions will direct the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take necessary steps to redress racially discriminatory federal housing policies that have contributed to wealth inequality for generations.

Jan 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, under the Chairmanship of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36), released the statement below regarding their support for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. All 34 House Members of the CHC have co-sponsored the article of impeachment charging President Trump with incitement of insurrection. The article is co-lead by U.S.

Oct 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end the Census count:

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of color are warning that the COVID-19 pandemic risks disproportionately undercounting historically underserved communities. In the letter to Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham, the Tri-Caucus Chairs and Native American Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Deb Haaland are requesting immediate action and answers to their questions about census operations impacted by COVID-19, but also critical to a complete count in 2020.   

May 4, 2020 Press Release

SAN ANTONIOCongressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), issued the following statement in recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

Apr 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Members called on Dr. Steven Dillingham, Director of the United States Census Bureau, to update Congress regarding changes to 2020 Census operations in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Over the last year, the CHC has met with the Census Bureau on a quarterly basis and worked with the Bureau to ensure an accurate count in the 2020 Census. CHC Members requested that the Census Bureau continue briefing their offices on the Bureau’s evolving plans and most pressing needs in order to ensure a successful count in light of the current public health crisis.
Apr 1, 2020 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today is Census Day, the day used by the U.S. Census Bureau as a reference point for the 2020 Census to determine who is counted and where they are counted. Census Day is not a deadline, and households can continue to respond to the 2020 Census until August 14th. In order to ensure that 2020 Census operations do not contribute to the spread of COVID-19, the Census Bureau recently announced that it is taking necessary actions to delay in-person census outreach. The response rate to the 2020 Census is currently lower than it was at the same point in the enumeration period in 2010. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chairwoman Judy Chu, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Joaquin Castro, and CBC Census 2020 Task Force Chairman Steven Horsford released the following statements: