FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 11, 2021
The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) denounces the xenophobic remarks recently made by Trenton Councilwoman, Robin M. Vaughn, during a public hearing to a member of the Latinx community. This is not the first time Councilwoman Vaughn reportedly has made demeaning statements as an elected official.
Upon seeing the reports, HBA-NJ President, Reynold Lambert, stated: “We are appalled. Asking a Latino whether he understands English, in the middle of a discussion taking place in English, is a racist attack on him and the Latinx community. We will not tolerate racism or bigotry from anyone, much less our elected officials who are supposed to represent the very best of our communities. Whether fueled by ignorance or hatred, Councilwoman Vaughn’s abhorrent conduct has no place in our society. We condemn it in the strongest possible terms, and demand that Councilwoman Vaughn immediately retract her hateful statements and issue a public apology.”
About The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
Founded in 1980, the HBA-NJ is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association that is comprised of attorneys, judges, law professors, law students, and other professionals who share a common interest in addressing the issues affecting Hispanics within the legal community.
The purpose of the Association is to serve the public interest: (i) by cultivating the art and science of jurisprudence, (ii) by advancing the standing of the legal profession, and (iii) by preserving high standards of integrity, honor, and professional courtesy among Hispanic lawyers.
Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
P.O. Box 25562, Newark, NJ 07101