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

June 22, 2018 Press Release

Following confirmed reports that immigrant children separated from their families have been relocated to New York City, Rep. Espaillat and local leaders will visit the center for a wellness check on the children and circumstances of their arrival.  

June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in observance of World Refugee Day.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 68.5 million individuals have been displaced worldwide, including 40 million victims displaced inside their own country and 25.4 million refugees.

June 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in observance of Juneteenth:

June 18, 2018 In The News
June 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.