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San Diego ACLU’s Emphasis On Latino Civil Rights Growing

Evening Edition

Aired 12/17/12 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Norma Chavez-Peterson Associate Director ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties


The coming year will be a big one for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. It will not only celebrate its 25th year, but given the shifting demographics, it also plans to increase its emphasis on Latino issues.

To set the organization's local priorities, it has hired a Latina to a top post. Norma Chavez-Peterson has been named the San Diego ACLU's associate director.

Chavez-Peterson, a Mexican immigrant, says she’ll focus on Latino political empowerment, equal access to education for Latinos and immigrant rights.

Most recently, she led the ACLU's effort to register Latino voters in Escondido.

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