D.C. Capitol Hill Latino Staffers Talk About Challenges They Faced Because Of Their Backgrounds

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. Photo Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Olivia Perez-Cubas is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s communications director. Photo Credit: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

Latino staffers are leading offices on Capitol Hill, running communications operations and advising some of the highest-ranking members of Congress.

Many started out their careers as interns. Some got their big break through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, or through someone looking out for them.

They share their wisdom for other Latinos who hope to follow in their footsteps.

Getting a foot in the door

Joanna Rodriguez, communications director to Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla.: “It was actually another Hispanic woman. She was in charge of hiring interns for Sen. Rubio at the time ...

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Attorneys Hope Connecticut’s Child Immigration Cases Become National Model

Photo Credit: ctmirror.org

Photo Credit: ctmirror.org

Attorneys representing two immigrant children who were reunited with their parents in Connecticut said Tuesday they hope the cases serve as a model for potential lawsuits by other families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined the team of lawyers from Connecticut Legal Services and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy clinic at Yale Law School to laud the Monday reunification of the two families after a fleeting, two-week court battle.

Malloy said state officials quickly became convinced Connecticut was the right state to take legal action after learning of the immigrant children’s detainment.

The governor said ...

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