2. Hispanics, Health Insurance and Health Care Access: A study released this week by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that six out of ten Hispanic adults in the U.S. who are neither citizens nor legal permanent residents lack health insurance. That is more than twice as high as the rate among Hispanic adults who are citizens or legal permanent residents and more than three times the rate for the adult U.S. population.
3. Undocumented Students: The number of undocumented students in our nation's public schools is growing and with it, a host of legal issues that the schools may or may not know how to deal with. In response to this concern, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and the National Education Association (NEA) have released a publication designed to help school districts answer questions about the legal rights of undocumented students in public K-12 schools. Legal Issues for School Districts Related to the Education of Undocumented Children offers practical information for schools as they deal with this complicated issue. Sixteen national education organizations have signed onto the guide, which will go to every school district in the United States. The guide provides answers to 13 questions that school districts face as they navigate the growing trend of undocumented student enrollment. If you are a parent or working with immigrant youth through your church, download a copy so you can help if our children's rights are being ignored.
4. Latinas en el Gobierno Federal: Two new nominations/appointments to mention:
- Carmen Nazario, puertorriqueña, has been confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for Children and Family in the Department of Health and Human Services. Until her nomination, Carmen Nazario was an assistant professor at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, where she taught social policy and coordinated the Social Work Practicum at the School of Social Work. She has also served as administrator of the Administration for Children and Families for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- Sara Manzano-Díaz was nominated this week by President Obama to head the Women's Bureau at the Department of Labor. An attorney born in Harlem, Manzano-Diaz has served in numerous federal and state posts, most recently as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs at the Pennsylvania Department of State. She is a member of the United States Hispanic Advocacy Association.