E-communication from the Hispanic National Bar Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                              CONTACT: Daniel Herrera
January 19, 2016                                                                T: 202-930-6805
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HNBA Announces Formation of Task Force on Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
Panel will propose legislative and executive solutions to the dire financial situation
impacting the island

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Robert T. Maldonado, National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, announced that the HNBA has formed a Task Force on Puerto Rico, which will conduct a 10-week review to study the current crisis and make recommendations on how the White House and Congress can help the U.S. territory recover from its current economic and humanitarian crisis.

“Millions of families in Puerto Rico cannot continue to suffer the inaction of our federal government,” said HNBA President Maldonado. “In response to this lack of action, we have convened this Task Force to provide a thorough analysis and set of proposals to address the increasingly worsening economic situation on the island. The Task Force will work with allies across the nation to put pressure on Congress and the White House to come together and provide Puerto Rico the tools and resources to strengthen and stabilize its economy.”
The mission of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Puerto Rico Task Force will be to:
  • Evaluate and understand the current dire financial situation of Puerto Rico;
  • Conduct legal analysis of the potential solutions to address said situation;
  • Advise the HNBA National President, Executive Committee and Board of Governors on the status of steps being taken to address Puerto Rico’s financial situation;
  • Serve as liaison with other Latino group’s efforts and initiatives on this issue; and
  • Prepare and propose recommendations to the President of the Association for presentation to the White House and Congress to address this situation.
The Puerto Rico Task Force appointees are:  
  • Neysa Alsina, Counsel, New York City Bar Association (New York, NY);
  • Juan Luis Alonso, Of Counsel, Groom Law Group (Washington, DC);
  • Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia (Richmond, VA);
  • Sonia Colón, Senior Member, Ferraiuoli (Orlando, FL);
  • Grymarys De Jesus, Assistant General Counsel, Walmart (San Juan, PR); and
  • Nancy Maldonado, Shareholder, Miner, Barnhill & Galland (Chicago, IL).   
The HNBA President and HNBA President-Elect, Pedro J. Torres-Diaz, will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Task Force

About the Hispanic National Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.  The HNBA has also effectively advocated on issues of importance to the national Hispanic community.  While we are proud of our accomplishments, we are mindful that our mission is as vital today as it was four decades ago, especially as the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow.


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