Press Release

For Immediate Release: Friday, September 21, 2012

Citizenship Status and National Origin Discrimination Presentation to Feature U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Attorney, Sept. 26 in St. Paul

What: A presentation on employment, immigration and discrimination by Alfred Baltazar Baca, Senior Trial Attorney for the Office of Special Counsel, Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Date: Wednesday, Sept 26. Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Place: Chicano Latino Affairs Council, 60 Empire Drive, Ste 203 Saint Paul MN 55103

More information: Mr. Baca will discuss the anti-discrimination provisions of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. ยง 1324b.), and explore both national origin discrimination and citizenship status discrimination.

Department of Human Rights Commissioner Kevin Lindsey will introduce Mr. Baca, and discuss how the Minnesota Human Rights Act protects against national origin discrimination, and differences in state and federal law.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel enforces the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Mr. Baca will discuss how this federal law prohibits:

  1. Citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral;
  2. National origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral;
  3. Document abuse (unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification); and
  4. Retaliation or intimidation.

The laws enforced by Baca's office, the Office Of Special Counsel (OSC), protect all U.S. Citizens, Recent Lawful Permanent Residents, Asylees, and Refugees.

The event is open to the public, there is no fee to attend, and registration is not required.

The event is sponsored by the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the Minneapolis office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


For more information please contact: Jeff Holman, Minnesota Department of Human Rights, 651.539.1090,

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