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 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in support of his resolution, H. Res. 367, recognizing the impact of climate change on vulnerable and disadvantaged communities in the United States and around the world.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced the Family Reunification Act of 2019, a bill that would help ease the burden on immigrant families and workers by providing them with certainty regarding their status.

 

June 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), a member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th amendment, which passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 21, 1919.

 

May 20, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NYRepresentative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a district townhall discussion on the 2020 Census on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT at Serviam Hall located at 2848 Bainbridge Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458. During the event, Rep. Espaillat will be joined by special guest Julie Menin, Director of the Census for New York City, and city leaders and will provide constituents an overview of the upcoming United States Census.

This event is open to the public and members of the press.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) voted to pass H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted the full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law.  The Equality Act extends anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.

 

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in reflection on the significance of Yom Hashoah:

 

“Today on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take this opportunity to reflect on the systematic genocide of six million Jewish fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, alongside millions of other ethnic minorities and political prisoners, and the impact felt around the world,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

 

April 8, 2019 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement on the resignation of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen:

 

April 4, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement following House passage of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a landmark bill that ushered in transformative progress to protect all Americans from violence and abuse, and continues to provide essential support to victims, survivors and communities to ensure they have the legal tools and resources necessary to seek justice and receive care. 

 

April 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) introduced a series of legislation to specifically address impropriety of the Trump administration and to demand transparency and accountability from the White House as new policy proposals are introduced.