Civil Rights and Equality

Congressmember Adriano Espaillat is a tireless advocate of civil rights, and has been a champion for the LGBTQ community. As one of his first acts in Congress, he joined the LGBT Equality Caucus.

Congressmember Espaillat was also an original cosponsor of the Equality Act of 2017.

  • The Equality Act ensures that the same protections already extended to other protected classes are equally available to LGBT Americans. It amends existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.
  • In some of these areas, federal law prohibiting sex discrimination has already been properly interpreted by federal courts and administrative agencies to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The Equality Act affirms that understanding of existing law and makes the prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity explicit, in order to provide greater clarity to members of the public, employers, schools, businesses and other affected parties. In areas where sex discrimination is not already prohibited, the bill amends existing law to bar discrimination on the basis of sex, as well as sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Congressmember Espaillat is also a member of the Pro Choice Caucus, and has been vocal about Equal Pay for Equal Work.

More on Civil Rights and Equality

September 22, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) anunció una serie de eventos semanales de participación comunitaria a partir de esta semana, que se llevarán a cabo hasta el mes de octubre de 2020 en Harlem, Washington Heights y El Bronx. El Rep. Espaillat estará acompañado por funcionarios electos, líderes comunitarios y organizaciones locales durante de cada evento.

September 22, 2020 Press Release


NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) announced a weekly series of community engagement events starting this week that will be held through the month of October 2020 throughout Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx. Rep. Espaillat will be joined by a slate of elected officials, community leaders and location organizations during each event location.

September 22, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) emitió la siguiente declaración en reconocimiento del próximo Año Nuevo judío - Rosh Hashanah:

September 22, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of the upcoming Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah:

September 22, 2020 Press Release


NEW YORK, NY – El congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre el fallecimiento de la jueza de la Corte Suprema de Justicia Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

September 22, 2020 Press Release


NEW YORK, NY -- Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement regarding the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

August 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, with the U.S. Postal Service under assault from the Trump Administration, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. The Delivering for America Act requires the Postal Service to return to the Postal Service operations and levels of service that were in place on January 1, 2020 throughout the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency and requires all election mail to be treated as First-Class mail.

August 11, 2020 Press Release

As co-chairs of the Jewish Latino Congressional Caucus, we affirm the following:

 

July 18, 2020 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis: