Everyday Law for Latinos/as by Carrasco

Professor Gilbert Paul Carrasco recently released Everyday Law for Latinos/as, a comprehensive guide to the legal issues that affect the economic livelihood, civil rights and opportunities of the most populous minority group in the United States. The text is organized around the three central points that contribute to the unique legal treatment of Latino/as: immigration status, language regulation and racial/ethnic discrimination. These points are examined in the context of everyday life for Latino/as — in housing, the workplace, classrooms, the voting booth and within the criminal justice system.

Carrasco collaborated with law professors Steven W. Bender, Raquel Aldana and Joaquin G. Avila on the book. “We wrote the book for the vast population of Latinos in the United States who may not know a lawyer but who want or need legal information,” he said. “We considered the most important legal questions Latinos typically face in their daily lives.

“We wanted to write a book that was not only accessible to the non-lawyer, but that would provide other resources, including the names of organizations that could provide more information about particular topics,” added Carrasco, who is in talks with the publisher about producing a Spanish language version of the text. “Our goal is to empower the ‘person on the street’ and protect against the deprivation of rights. If the book serves to vindicate the rights of ‘the little guy,’ it will have served its purpose.”

Everyday Law for Latinos/as was published by Paradigm Press in 2008 and is now available in paperback.