Wayne State University Professor Jorge Chinea appointed to ACLU board

September 10, 2013

Jorge L. Chinea, director of the Wayne State University Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies  was recently appointed to the Advisory Board for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan.

The ACLU is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights and liberties organization in the country, and has a strong tradition of addressing many of the most important civil rights issues facing our nation.

Similarly, the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, which Chinea directs, also has a long tradition of supporting equality, civil rights and social justice within the Latino/a community and beyond, dating back to 1970.

"I am thrilled to be able to serve in this capacity," said Chinea. "As a historian who values civil rights from a historical and contemporary perspective, I understand the tremendous gains achieved by the ACLU in advancing equality in our country. And I look forward to contributing in any way I can to future social justice causes."

ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary L. Moss welcomed Chinea to the board in a letter: "Your talents and expertise are essential to [our] success...We value your perspectives and insights, [and] look forward to [our] partnership."

Chinea began his term on the advisory board this month as the ACLU continues to discuss the federal comprehensive immigration reform bill currently pending in Congress.

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