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

August 16, 2018 Press Release


Rosa Amelia Peralta and Family Marks the Third Reunification Following Rep. Adriano Espaillat’s Engagement with the Cayuga Center. Rep. Espaillat Continues His Efforts Calling for the Reunification of All Immigrant Families.

August 15, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Thursday, August 23rd starting at 6:30 p.m., Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a reception in collaboration with the City College of New York, to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Second Lieutenant Esteban Hotesse for his service as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen.

July 3, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in support of his bill, H.R. 4406, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York as the Tuskegee Airmen Post Office Building.

July 2, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of the Civil Rights Act, signed into law this day in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson:

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) offered the Democratic Motion to Recommit on the House Floor to reconsider H.R. 6136 – the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act and replace it with H.R. 6135 – the Keep Families Together Act in an effort to protect immigrant children from government sponsored abuse.

**Below are remarks by Rep. Espaillat as prepared for delivery today on the House Floor**

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hoy, el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) emitió la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la decisión de hoy de la Corte Suprema en el caso Trump v. Hawaii de mantener la dañina prohibición de viaje a musulmanes hecha por el presidente Trump.

"La historia recordará el fallo de hoy de la Corte Suprema de mantener la prohibición musulmana del presidente Donald Trump como una decisión del tribunal superior que endosó la discriminación", dijo el congresista Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

June 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision on Trump v. Hawaii to uphold President Trump’s harmful Muslim Ban.

“History will look back on today's ruling by the Supreme Court to uphold President Donald Trump's Muslim Ban as a decision by the higher court that endorsed discrimination,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

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.