E-communication from the Hispanic National Bar Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                         CONTACT: Daniel Herrera
August 18, 2016                                                              T: 202-930-6805
HNBA Announces Task Force on US-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) announced the formation of a new task force to assist the Association with legal analysis and policy recommendations related to improving U.S.-Cuba relations.

“The historic changes in our nation's diplomatic relations with Cuba are already having immediate and long-term effects on the families, organizations, and economies of each nation. We must ensure that the policy changes that are advanced not only improve business and economic opportunities between our nations, but also promote the civil and human rights of all Cubans on the island," said HNBA National President Robert T. Maldonado. "Working with key HNBA members and other stakeholders, the newly formed Cuba Task Force will amplify these priorities and communicate directly with those policymakers in Washington, D.C.”

The mission of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Cuba Task Force is to evaluate and understand the ongoing evolution of U.S.-Cuba relations. The historic rapprochement is well underway but in need of thought leadership to address the issues facing both nations.
Specifically, the Cuba Task Force will:
  • Conduct legal analysis and make recommendations to the President of the Association regarding specific legislation, including the Cuban Adjustment Act and Helms Burton Act, as well as other diplomatic and humanitarian concerns;
  • Advise the President of the Association on the status of steps being taken to address the dynamic relationship between the neighboring nations;
  • Serve as liaison to other Cuban groups' efforts and initiatives on this issue; and
  • Prepare and propose recommendations to the President of the Association for presentation to the Administration and Congress.
The Task Force will be composed of no less than five members of the Association with ample experience and interest on the issue, to be appointed by the President in consultation with the President-Elect. The announced roster of Task Force members consists of:
  • Frank Angones, Partner, Angones McClure & Garcia P.A. (Miami, FL);
  • Guillermo Artiles, Corporate Counsel, Greenskies Renewable Energy LLC (Middletown, CT);
  • Hugo Chaviano, Director, Illinois Department of Labor (Chicago IL);
  • Annie Hernandez, Partner, Holland & Knight, and President, Cuban American Bar Association (Miami, FL);
  • Fermin H. Llaguno, Office Managing Shareholder, Littler Mendelson P.C. (Irvine, CA); and
  • Julissa Reynoso, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP (New York, NY)
In accomplishing its mission, the members of the Task Force will rely not only on their own expertise, but will also consult with learned experts in the area of U.S.-Cuba relations. The Task Force will have a Chairperson, however, the President and President-Elect of the Association shall serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.
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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