The Supreme Court has ruled that the Biden Administration can end the Migrant Protection Protocols that were enacted during the Trump Administration. 

The Remain in Mexico policy- also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols- has contributed to inhumane and dangerous conditions for migrants and asylum-seekers at the U.S. – Mexico border.  Several organizations have documented hundreds of cases involving kidnapping, rape, torture, assault, and other attacks on individuals subjected to Remain in Mexico while awaiting their scheduled immigration or asylum hearings.  Ending this Trump-era policy is necessary for implementing more humane immigration policies that recognize the right to seek asylum from violence and persecution. 

Biden v. Texas challenged whether the Biden Administration must continue to enforce the policy. Fortunately, the ruling will allow for this inhumane policy to finally be ended. 

“Everyone has the right to seek asylum; it is a pillar of this country’s foundation,” says Jerry Gonzalez,CEO of GALEO. “This ruling allows the Biden Administration to ensure that remains true. We now call on the Biden Administration to move quickly and justly to right the wrongs done to so many. We will continue to advocate for our immigrant communities and speak against inhumane policies such as these.”  


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Power Breakfast Recap

2022 Power Breakfast brought together the Latinx community!

Our 2022 Power Breakfast was a success!

Together, we showed Georgia the POWER of the Latinx community. Our keynote speaker, Deborah Gonzalez, gave an uplifting speech about the future of our community and many attendees recommitted themselves to advocating for the protection of Latinxs in our state.

In attendance were leaders such as Representative Pedro Marin, Brenda Lopez Romero, and Jason Esteves.

Thank you for supporting GALEO!

Thank you for supporting our community!


The winner of the DashCam provided by Rohan Law is Rondah Thomas. Thank you again Rohan Law!

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Voting Rights Organizations Challenge Cobb County School Board Map Denying Equal Representation to Voters of Color

Voting Rights Organizations Challenge Cobb County School Board Map Denying Equal Representation to Voters of Color

June 9, 2022


ATLANTA – TODAY The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ)ACLU of GeorgiaLawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyer’s Committee) and Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP (SRZ), filed litigation challenging the Cobb County School Board map for intentionally discriminating against communities of color, particularly Black and Latinx voters, by “packing” them into a small number of districts to dilute their voting power.

Please find a copy of the complaint HERE.


The lawsuitFinn v. Cobb County Board of Elections, describes how the school board and Georgia legislators used racial demographic information to “pack” voters of color into three districts (Districts 2, 3, and 6), and whitewash the four remaining districts. The use of racial demographic information to diminish the voting power of Black and Latinx communities violates the Fourteenth Amendment and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

The voting rights organizations filed the litigation on behalf of the New Georgia Project Action FundThe League of Women Voters of Marietta-Cobb, the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda (GCPA), the Georgia NAACP, the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), and individual Cobb County parents. The litigation can be accessed HERE.


“Despite the growing diversity of Cobb County, the current district map ‘packs’ together Latinx and Black communities to diminish their voice in government and ensure a majority white school board,” said Jerry Gonzalez CEO of GALEO. “Even worse, the school board followed up the discriminatory maps by ignoring the interests and concerns of Latinx and Black parents and students. We need a school board map that reflects the community – Latinx and Black parents must have an equal say in the education of their children.”



Cobb County is the third most populous county in Georgia with just over 766,000 people and is one of the most rapidly diversifying counties in the state. Between 2010 and 2020, Cobb moved from a majority-white (56%) to a majority-BIPOC county (52%), with the white population dropping at a rate almost double that of the reduction in white population across the state. Accompanying the demographic shift is a clear growth in the political strength of voters of color. While Cobb County contains the city of Marietta, the Marietta city schools are separate from Cobb County schools and not included in this litigation.

In Georgia, county-level redistricting maps must be approved by the General Assembly through the legislative process. For these school board maps, the legislature bypassed local legislation rules, which would have required prior negotiation and approval by the legislative members representing Cobb and instead moved the proposed school board map through the general legislation process. This allowed them to bring the bills before committees with white, conservative majorities and onto the floor of both chambers, controlled by the conservative majority.


The complaint alleges that the maps violate the Fourteenth Amendment guaranteeing equal protection under the law and the Fifteenth Amendment, by using race to segregate and cabin Black and Latinx voters into the three south Cobb districts, despite the trending and rapid growth of these communities. The failure to provide full representation to communities of color in Cobb County has already had detrimental effects for students. In reaction to the county’s growing diversification, the state and county’s white, conservative leaders have enacted policies that harm children of color and attempt to stymie the growing political power of voters of color. Notably, the school board’s 4-member white majority recently enacted policies that silence Black board members and their constituents. This includes a post-2020 election rule that makes it impossible for Black board members to add items to meeting agendas; the dismantling of a committee to rename Wheeler High School which is currently named after a confederate general; refusal to entertain school COVID mitigation strategies advanced by Black members of the school board and their constituents; refusal to modify policies that disproportionately suspend, expel, and criminalize children of color; and passage of resolutions to ban critical race theory, the 1619 Project, and other similar materials in schools. Cobb County schools were also at risk of non-accreditation, in part due to findings that white school board members mistreated Black school board members.



Media Contact: 
SPLC: Kevin, (470) 403-7386
SCSJ: Gino Nuzzolillo,, (402) 415-4763
ACLU of Georgia: Dorrie Toney,, (404) 302-0128
Berlin Rosen/Lawyers Committee: Leah Rozario,, (609) 903-3063
SRZ: Sara Solfanelli,, (212) 756-2475
LWV: Shannon Augustus,, (202) 768-9578




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Alejandro Chavez, Grandson of Cesar Chavez, joins GALEO as Deputy Director

NORCROSS — Today, GALEO announces the new Deputy Director, Alejandro Chavez, grandson of legendary activist Cesar Chavez. Alejandro joins the efforts of GALEO to continue to build civic engagement and leadership development of the Latinx community in Georgia.

Alejandro (He/Him/Él) was born into the world of advocacy for Latinx rights. As Cesar Chavez’s grandson, organizing and leadership development are in his blood. Alejandro joined to promote diplomatic solutions in the Middle East, successfully gaining public support from MoveOn members to push their elected officials to support the Iran Nuclear Deal. Following his time at MoveOn, Alejandro became the Senior Electoral Campaign Manager with Democracy for Americ

a. In 2020, he was the Political Director for Prop 207 Smart and Safe campaign in Arizona to legalize recreational marijuana for adult use which passed by 60%, the most of any marijuana initiative in the country.

“We are very excited to have Alejandro join our GALEO familia. Alejandro is a strong advocate for the rights of our communities, and his family’s legacy is vital to Latinos in our state. We know that Alejandro will do great work as our Deputy Director, and we look forward to our continuation of building and strengthening our work with the evolution to GALEO 2.0,” stated Jerry Gonzalez, CEO of GALEO and GALEO Impact Fund.


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“Latino Power” by Deborah Gonzalez, 2022 Power Breakfast Keynote Speech

Latino Power

by Deborah Gonzalez

2022 Power Breakfast, Keynote Speech

Good morning. Buenos dias.
Thank you, Jerry, and thank you GALEO for inviting me here today to share a few words as your keynote speaker.
I would like to start my keynote today with two quotes that I believe will help put the rest of my words in context:
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
Alice Walker
Poder – power – such an interesting word. Full of many meanings and connotations – some positive, some negative. But what exactly is it?
The dictionary states that power is: authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. power implies possession of ability to wield force, authority, or influence.
Today as we gather, I look around me and I can call out some names – and you will agree with me that the person I call has power – at various degrees – because power is relative to a person’s role. Gigi Pedrasda – Misty Fernandez – Ana Maria Martinez – Brenda Lopez – Zulma Lopez You recognize these names – women who are in leadership positions – some elected, some not, but all would agree they hold power in some way. But for each Gigi and Misty there are tens of Jennifer Zentenos, Ginny Castillos, Maria de Palacios, Isabel Ortizes. For every Brenda and Zulma there are tens of Yvette Moises, Lizeth Gomezes, Nury Crawfords and Daniela Rodriguezes. And I can go on and on.
Yes, these names are all Latinas – women. For you see the power we seek is wrapped up in the power of gender. At a time where the assault on women’s reproductive and health rights is at an all-time high with not just the overturning of Supreme Court precedent of Roe, but the potential it signals to the end of rights many of us were born into a world that had them – including same sex and biracial marriage – which if taken away would then make my marriage illegal – we face a world where the very personal and private decisions over our bodies, our lives, our familias are no longer our own. We would be returned to a world where oppression of black, brown, and poor is the norm.
But as I say those words are we not in that world now? I work in a system designed to do that very thing. As district attorney I work in a system that seeks justice, but so many of the laws it is meant to enforce to keep the community safe usually have their origins in the idea of power – maintaining power of the status quo and those who already had power. Overrepresentation of black, brown, and poor people impacted by this system has destroyed families, futures, and communities. Wrapped up in this are the processes of marginalization, deportation, and exclusion that have led to suffering, hardship, helplessness, and despair. Worse than being not seen, is being seen only to be exploited.
Self-determination. Our rights lead us to this power of self-determination. We each strive to be able to have power over our own lives – to be able to make decisions on who we love, on what we do with our bodies, in where we work and how we want to be treated. But how do we get that power and then how do we use it?
Today we are in a room filled with elected officials and candidates who want to be in elected office. Today they are here to say Latino community we are with you. Today the Latino community is saying back – so what? You are here – what does that mean? Does it mean that after we give you our votes, we become invisible to you again? Taken for granted and pushed to the side as you select others to leadership positions on your teams? Relegated to Latino outreach coordinator positions, instead of positions that advise and stand side by side with you in power to effect change?
Latinos today are here to say enough with the scraps. You want our vote; we want your commitment to not “address” the issues that affect our Latino community but to do actions that are solutions to these issues – we want results. We are tired of being seen and exploited. We understand our value – the 2020 elections proved our strength and how we deliver. And now, the reckoning has come. For today I have a message for our people – claim the power you have and use it. The vote, the knowledge, the skills, the positions. There is a new sense in our value. A new realization that we as Latinos, are a voice to be listened to.
But we as Latinos must stake this power. Our children are watching. Yesterday I was honored with the gift of stories of our young people and their struggles because of being involved in the juvenile justice system. Their challenges started way before the first court date – I listened as they shared the abuse, the neglect, the substance addiction that took away their parents, and left only despair and a sense of inevitability of gangs and guns and death. But these young Latino men and women had survived. And they were saving others like them because they had been given the power of hope. They still believed the world was good, and they still believed that people in power could make things better. They also believed in me. For you see, the Director of their program, said at the end, that my title – District Attorney – was triggering for them – after all it was a DA who prosecuted and sentenced them and so for them the DA had power over their very lives. But yesterday I showed them a DA who cared, who wanted the best for them, who could be an ally in their journey through recovery and a better future. And in return, I learned yesterday that they believed in me. They gave me their hope. What a gift – what a responsibility.
And so, I tell you this to let you know that we dare not let their beliefs be in vain – that their hope that things can be better should not be trampled on. That they are not alone but in fact part of a bigger familia that grows with each one we bring within our loving arms. For if we do not do this, shame on us.
So, what is power? What is Latino power? Latino poder?
The acknowledgement that we can do something and the responsibility that we must do something – so vote for those candidates who not only say they commit to us but who actually do for us. Use your vote. Your vote is your voice. El Encanto del sueno, the song of the dream of a new world. It is on us. It is our power.
Gracias. Thank you.
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Latinas in Tech

By Jennifer Silva 

Since 2017 Latinas in Tech have hosted their annual conference Latinas in Tech Summit, the largest gathering of Latina professionals in technology.  Latinas in Tech is a non-profit organization with the aim to connect, support, and empower Latina women working in tech. They work hand in hand with top technology companies to create safe spaces for learning, mentorship, and recruitment for Latinas in the technological field. 

This year’s summit, Leading with Purpose, will reunite virtually more than 2,000 Latina technologists, business leaders, philanthropists, investors, developers, innovators, designers, and content creators from May 18th to 20th. This conference aims to explore the state of Latina leadership in tech, bridging disparities, breaking down barriers, and providing resources and opportunities for Latinas to thrive, innovate and lead in tech (Jimenez, 2022).

According to the article “Latinas in Tech – Moving the Needle Towards Diversity & Inclusion” self-identifying Latinas make up only 1% of the workforce at large technology corporations like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, to name a few. Organizations like Latinas in Tech are changing the statistic by hosting events and conferences to gather the Latina population in the tech industry to increase numbers. 

During the annual conference of Latinas in Tech,  it will include the 2nd edition of their Tech Startup Competition, as a response to the capital gap that Latinas encounter. A recent report from Bain & Co. found that in spite of their rapid growth, Latino-owned businesses are not getting their fair share of capital from the investment community. The Latinas in Tech Startup Competition is aimed at supporting the Latina tech founders ecosystem by awarding non-dilutive cash prizes of $20K, $10K, and $5K to its top three winners (Latinas in Tech, 2020). 

The 3-day online conference is sponsored by Comcast, Intuit, Salesforce, Cisco, Google A, among others, and will include pre-recorded and live online streaming sessions featuring more than 40 speakers, community and technology leaders such as Dolores Huerta, Iris Castro, Kim Rivera, Mariana Matus, along with other Latinx experts. The conference program will hold multiple workshops including a special track designed for senior employees looking to grow to Executive Director positions, ERG leaders, and members striving to drive their ERG towards excellence (Jimenez, 2022).

By recognizing the need for diversity and inclusion in the tech field, Latinas in Tech help bridge the gap of Latina women in the field by promoting a summit where those in the field can share their experience and mentor other Latinas starting/ or interested in pursuing a career in tech. 

For more information about Latinas in Tech Summit 2022, visit



Work Cited:

Jimenez, P. (2022, April 14). Latinas in Tech Summit 2022 will bring Latinas representing 758 different companies, to connect and join industry leaders, and the most powerful network. Retrieved April 18, 2022, from 


Latinas in tech – moving the needle towards Diversity & Inclusion. BoldLatina. (2020, January 15). Retrieved April 18, 2022, from 

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USCIS Announces Online Filing for DACA Renewals

By Tania Ramirez

On April 12, 2022, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) would have the option of online filing for renewal of their Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The transition to online filing is a step toward adopting an electronic environment and transitioning away from paper-based operations. USCIS Director Ur Jaddou says, “[T]he option to file DACA renewal requests online is part of USCIS’ ongoing move to minimize reliance on paper records and further transition to an electronic environment.” The beginning of this new process could benefit DACA recipients currently struggling financially to request the renewal of their form.  

As of 2021, there are currently 590,070 active DACA recipients. Most recpients were born in Mexico, Central America, or South America, with a percentage of over 94%. The top leading country of origin for most recipients is Mexico, with a percentage of 79.4%. Twenty-one thousand of those DACA recipients reside in Georgia. 


The creation of online filing for DACA renewals could potentially save thousands in expenses on filing through an attorney. The USCIS charges an application fee of $495  yet, most DACA applicants pay over $1,000 for the whole application process. Most attorneys charge around $400 to $1000 for their service alone, not including the application fee from the USCIS. Due to the extensive money required for DACA renewals, the number of active recipients continues to decrease. However, with this new option, that number could potentially increase as it becomes more affordable for recipients. 


DACA recipients wishing to fill out the online form must first create a USCIS online account. The creation of the account provides a convenient and secure method to submit forms, pay fees, and track the status of any pending USCIS immigration request throughout the adjudication process. The creation of online filing for DACA renewals does not erase the original method, but it provides a faster and more efficient way of speeding up the process. 


To create an online USCIS account, click here.


Works Cited

López, Gustavo, and Jens Manuel Krogstad. “Key Facts about Unauthorized Immigrants Enrolled in Daca.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research Center, 30 May 2020, 

“USCIS Announces Online Filing for Daca Renewal Forms.” USCIS, 12 Apr. 2022,

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Biden Administration Unveils New Procedures in Handling Asylum Cases


By: Tania Ramirez

Asylum seekers make up a large portion of the migrants continuously arriving at the border. Typically, asylum seekers who are not detained are issued a summons and wait an average of more than five years before appearing in court. However, the Biden administration seeks to reduce the current backlog of 1.7 million cases by clearing over hundreds of thousands of deportation and asylum cases.  In doing so, the Biden administration unveiled new procedures to handle these claims efficiently and timely, essentially hoping that cases could be decided in months rather than years. With these efforts, new rules are being created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to process asylum claims efficiently and fairly.

On March 24th, 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new rule that the DHS and DOJ issued to improve and expedite the processing of asylum claims to ensure that those who are eligible for asylum are granted relief, while those who are not are promptly removed. In addition, this rule empowers asylum officers to grant or deny claims, an authority that used to be limited to immigration judges. Initially, asylum officers would handle the screenings for asylum and other forms of humanitarian relief for border arrivals. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland says that “this rule advances our efforts to ensure that asylum claims are processed fairly, expeditiously, and consistent with due process.” 


Along with the new rule issued, the USCIS has established “new internal cycle time goals” to reduce the agency’s pending caseload. With this new cycle, applicants and petitioners will receive decisions on their cases more quickly. Particular forms, such as I-131 (Advance Parole), usually take around 13 to 20 months to be processed. However, these new cycle time goals are expected to be processed within three months. In addition, DACA renewals (I-821D) that were processed between 6-12 months would now be processed within six months. On March 29th, the DHS announced a final rule that aligns premium procession regulations with the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act, which applies to petitioners filing a form I-129, and employment-based immigrant visa petitioners filing a Form I-140. The forms under the premium processing are set to be processed within two weeks. Although the “new cycle time goals” may not begin immediately, USCIS hopes to achieve them by the end of 2023 by increasing capacity, improving technology, and expanding staffing. 


Works Cited

“DHS and DOJ Issue Rule to Efficiently and Fairly Process Asylum Claims.” USCIS, 24 Mar. 2022, 

“USCIS Announces New Actions to Reduce Backlogs, Expand Premium Processing, and Provide Relief to Work Permit Holders.” USCIS, 29 Mar. 2022,

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Issues Within the Latino Community

By Tania Ramirez

Issues within the Latino community have continued to change as the number of registered voters increases drastically. Georgia is home to over 1 million Latinos, accounting for 9% of the population in Georgia. Due to the growing population, Georgia has become one of the top 10 states with the largest Latino/Hispanic population. GALEO has analyzed statewide voter data and created a report which indicates that in 2020, there were 140,995 new registered voters, showing a growth rate of 57.7%. Although many Latinos became more politically engaged in the 2020 election, they believe many issues are yet to be addressed. Immigration used to be a primary concern for Latinos; however, studies have shown that Latinos are more focused on issues regarding the economy, healthcare, and discrimination (Gonzalez and Medina).


Currently, the majority of Latino workers make under $15 per hour, which is less than a living wage. For one adult, the living wage is 15.99 per hour, whereas for two, the living wage is 20.46. In a report conducted by The University of Massachusetts, race and ethnicity were compared regarding the proportion of workers that earn less than $15 an hour. In the report, Latinos are shown to have the largest share of workers earning less than $15 an hour. Using the comparison in the report, Latinos make lower hourly wages than white workers. A gap is also shown between Latinos and other race or ethnicity groups with similar work or education experience. The Latino community believes there should be an increase in the minimum wage in an effort to support their family and maintain a sustainable living wage. 


Among economic issues, health care has recently become one of the major concerns for Latinos. In Georgia, 15.9% of Latino are uninsured, almost two times higher than the national rate of uninsured Latinos, which is 9.2%. Due to the inability to access health care, most Latinos choose not to seek treatment for their injuries or diseases. Latinos believe that “extending the Affordable Care Act to the entire population, with an extension of Medicaid coverage and lower reliance on low wage employers to provide health care insurance, is a key issue for [their] community” (Dominguez-Villegas and Tomaskovic-Devey).


Latinos are conscious of the racism and discrimination they face in this country. In fact, it has become the most critical concern for young Latino voters. 62% of Latino voters stated that discrimination towards their community has gotten worse since 2016. With the increase in discrimination, many Latino-led organizations have emphasized the importance of increasing voter registration and voter turnout. Now, more than ever, the Latino community is determined to improve the civic engagement of Latinos across Georgia. In doing so, it is essential for Latinos to be registered to vote in the upcoming primary and general elections to showcase our existence and our power in the electorate (Sanchez).




Works Cited

Gonzalez, Jerry, and Erik Francisco Medina. “2020: THE GEORGIA LATINO ELECTORATE GROWS IN POWER.” GALEO, 10 June 2021, 

Dominguez-Villegas, Rodrigo, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey. “Top Issues for Latino Voters in Swing States for the 2020 Election.” UMass Amherst, 

Sanchez, Gabriel R. “Yes, Social Justice and Discrimination Were Driving Issues for Latino Voters in 2020.” Brookings, Brookings, 9 Mar. 2022,

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Who is Cesar Chavez?

By Tania Ramirez 

Farm workers play an essential role in today’s agriculture. However, it took a while before people could understand their importance and treat them fairly. During the Great Depression, migrant farm workers made around 40 cents a day and were barely able to provide for their families. In addition, they were forced to work under difficult conditions without receiving employment benefits. It was not until Cesar Chavez that migrant workers were seen and treated as essential workers.

Cesar Chavez was a Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist. Chavez witnessed first-hand the struggles and poverty of migrant workers. Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona on March 31st, 1927. Once Chavez reached the 8th grade, his family moved to California and dropped out of school to work in the fields with his dad to help meet their family’s needs. At the age of 19, Chavez joined the Navy in which he served for two years. Once his service was over, he moved back to California and returned to work in the fields.

In 1952, Chavez began working with the Community Service Organization (CSO), a Latino civil rights group, to help register Latino voters and fight racial discrimination. After ten years, Chavez realized not much was being done for farm workers. He was determined to advocate for better working and living conditions for them, so he used his life’s savings to create an organization. Chavez, along with Dolores Huerta, founded the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farm Workers ( Editors, 2009).

The National Farm Workers Association and Chavez were able to accomplish many significant breakthroughs for farm workers. They were able to establish minimum wage standards, wage contracts, safer working conditions, child labor reform, and advancements in civil rights for Chicanos and other farm workers. His passion and commitment to fight for migrant farm workers has created an impact in today’s agricultural industries. In 2014, President Barack Obama declared March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day to commemorate his legacy. Since then, many continue to remember and celebrate Cesar Chavez for everything he was able to accomplish for migrant farm workers (Clark). 

Works Cited Editors. “Cesar Chavez.”, A&E Television Networks, 27 Oct. 2009,

Clark, Amelia E. “Chávez, César.” Chávez, César | Learning to Give,

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