VLS Hosts Panel Discussion on Environmental Justice Issues Impacting the Latinx Community

The Latin American and Caribbean Law Student Association at Vermont Law School will host a panel discussion titled “The Environmental Justice Caravan,” from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 19, in Yates Common Room at VLS. The event is free and open to the public.

This panel discussion is designed to examine a wide range of environmental topics that impact the Latinx community and will feature the work of Latinx leaders engaging in grassroots and legal work at the intersections of race and environmental justice. “Latinx communities are vulnerable to environmental harm and have always been at the forefront of the environmental justice movement,” said Mariana Muñoz, President Elect of the VLS Latin American and Caribbean Law Student Association.

Speakers will have expertise in civil rights, environmental justice, sustainability, and development issues in Latin America and the United States. The panel will highlight these important issues and the resilience of Latinx communities.  

The panel agenda includes:

  • 5:30 p.m.  Welcome and Coffee
  • 5:45 p.m. Robert Hernandez, Staff Attorney for the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 6:00 p.m. Rachel Aramburu, Co-chair of the Environmental Justice Society, VLS Chapter
  • 6:15 p.m. Diana Corriveau, FEM Colombia
  • 6:30 p.m. Reception

The event is co-sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the VLS Office of Student Affairs and Diversity. For more information about the panel discussion, email Marissa Pizaña at marissapizana@vermontlaw.edu.