The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) which is a coalition of 40 of the nation's preeminent Latino advocacy organizations released its quadrennial Hispanic Public Policy Agenda, a comprehensive outline of the policy concerns & priorities of the nation's Latino community. The coalition urged the candidates for president, along with Congress & the current administration to take careful note of the policy recommendations which affect the 58 million Latinos in the United States. Along with long-held positions on issues such as economic empowerment & immigration, the 2016 policy agenda includes policy recommendations specifically aimed at improving the well-being of LGBTQ Latinos. Jessica González-Rojas, Co-Chair of the NHLA Health Committee & Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health stated, “Since joining NHLA four years ago, I have been honored to be among a growing cadre of Latina leaders working to ensure that we fully embrace & include Latinas in a policy agenda that recognizes the challenges of gender-based discrimination & violence, & the importance of health care for women & LGBTQ Latino/as. This year’s agenda is the most gender-inclusive in the history of NHLA! The policy priorities outlined demonstrate a commitment to improving Latina reproductive health & rights, critical measures to expand health care access for LGBTQ Latino/as, to ensure that young parents have the resources needed to thrive & to address HIV and AIDS within our communities, regardless of immigration status." The policy agenda covers the unique health challenges facing our LGBTQ Latino community as well as the need to protect LGBTQ Latinos from employment discrimination & abuse in immigration detention. In the criminal justice context, the coalition calls for better data collection that includes sexual orientation & for ending the use of solitary confinement for transgender & gender non-conforming individuals. This is the most explicitly LGBT-inclusive policy agenda produced by the NHLA to date.
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