A powerful message from a 2013 LEAP student.
The HNBA Legal Education fund will develop financial support to assist the Hispanic National Bar Association with ensuring the widest dissemination of its community outreach and education initiative called La Promesa. Hispanic National Bar Association created La Promesa as a community outreach and education initiative designed to instill confidence and trust in the U.S. legal system.
The Hispanic National Bar Association has published a booklet that provides one-page explanations of ten basic features of the American system of government: (1) The Constitution of the United States; (2) Separation of Powers; (3) The President of the United States; (4) The Congress of the United States; (5) The Supreme Court of the United States; (6) The Courts; (7) The Jury Process; (8) Basics Rights in a Criminal Proceeding; (9) The Freedom to Engage in Civic Activities; and (10) Voting. The booklet is written in both English and Spanish at the 9th grade reading level. While the program targets the Latino community because so many of its members are recent immigrants, it is a wonderful civics education tool for all Americans regardless of ethnic background or national origin. In addition to being a community education tool, La Promesa is intended to foster interest in the law among Latino students, and thus is another HNBA effort to promote the growth of the Hispanic pipeline into the legal profession. La Promesa is distributed through a variety of avenues, including bar associations, community service organizations, through Hispanic National Bar Association events, and the Mexican consulates in the United States. There are future plans for this community outreach and education initiative, including Stage 2 of the La Promesa program that is envisioned will involve the creation of a DVD featuring Latino leaders explaining the concepts discussed in the booklet.
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