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 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) and Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-3) reintroduced the No Funding for Confederate Symbols Act, legislation that would prohibit Federal funds from being used to create, maintain, or display, as applicable, any Confederate symbol on Federal public land, including any highway, park, subway, Federal building, military base, street, or other Federal property.

 

July 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), joined by seven of his colleagues, introduced comprehensive legislation repealing the death penalty for a range of criminal offenses under United States Federal Criminal Code, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

July 22, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the House of Justice located at 106 West 145th Street, New York, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a ‘Speak Out’ event to build public awareness and call for the immediate release of Americans Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, and his two team members, David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel, who have been unjustly imprisoned in Sweden for nearly three weeks. Rep.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Representatives Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) and Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional New Americans Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s tweets asking “Progressive Democrat Congresswomen” to go back where they came from:

 

July 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — This morning, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will hold a press conference on President Trump’s attacks on immigrants and Latino families.

July 3, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the Administration’s decision to not include the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

 

July 2, 2019 Press Release

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

 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the Supreme Court decision in U.S. Department of Commerce v. New York to withhold the Trump Administration’s citizenship question from the 2020 Census.

 

June 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DCRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 3401, a $4.5 billion emergency border supplemental appropriations bill to address the urgent humanitarian situation at our Southern border.