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

April 12, 2018 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 pause and reflect on the systematic genocide of six million Jewish fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters and the impact felt around the world,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13).

April 10, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of Equal Pay Day.

President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law on June 10, 1963, which established the principle of women in the workforce receiving equal pay for equal work. Equal Pay Day recognizes that there is still much work that remains in our efforts to ensure full gender equality in the workplace.

April 4, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY13) released the following statement to mark the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   

March 29, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) sent a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to urge that he reject the inclusion of the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

March 27, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to add a question regarding citizenship to the 2020 Census.

“I am deeply concerned following the decision by the Trump Administration and U.S. Census Bureau to add a new citizenship question to the 2020 Census. By doing so, at the request of the Department of Justice and without proper review, this undermines the accuracy and reliability of the 2020 Census.

March 8, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) issued the following statement in recognition of International Women’s Day:

March 1, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of National Women’s History Month and in commemoration of women’s achievement throughout the history of our nation. 

February 16, 2018 Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y.Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host his annual Black History Month event on Thursday, February 22nd at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (EDT) in the Alhambra Ballroom located at 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

This year’s event will recognize community service and change leaders, and reflect on the achievement and contributions African Americans have played throughout the history and fabric of the United States.

This event is open to the public and press.

February 14, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement in recognition of abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the bicentennial anniversary of his birth:

January 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) released the following statement to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.