Testimony before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2000, NCLR adopted a new priority issue area of criminal and juvenile justice with the
purpose of shedding light on the disproportionate representation of Latinos in the justice system.
Expansion into this field emerged out of NCLR s civil rights portfolio and brought to the surface
the need to educate and mobilize the Latino community specifically around criminal and juvenile
justice issues. NCLR has developed a multi-pronged strategy that involves all levels of
government federal, state, and local and provides opportunities for Latino CBOs to engage in
advocacy, public education, and capacity-building critical to improving the justice system in the