John Trasviña, the Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be the keynote speaker at the “Ensuring Fair Housing for All in North Carolina” Conference in Raleigh, NC.
The conference, to be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located at 1707 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC, will include panels addressing national origin discrimination, sexual harassment and discrimination, discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and fair lending.
Other confirmed speakers include Eric Halperin, U.S. Department of Justice; Susan Silverstein, AARP Foundation; Omar Jadwat, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project; Peter Skillern, Reinvestment Partners; Suzanne Chester, Legal Aid of North Carolina; Mercedes Restucha-Klem, Disability Rights North Carolina; Hazel Mack, Legal Aid of North Carolina; Bishop Donagrant McCluney, Southerners on New Ground; and Richard Duncan, RL Mace Universal Design Institute.
John Trasviña was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary in May 2009. The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) administers and enforces federal laws and establishes policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Assistant Secretary Trasviña served as President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). There he led the law firm for the Latino community by advancing litigation and public policy in the areas of civil rights, immigration, education and related issues.
The conference is being sponsored by the Raleigh Fair Housing Hearing Board and the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina. Co-sponsors include the North Carolina Justice Center, Disability Rights North Carolina, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For more details on the conference, including a listing of all speakers and costs, click here. To register with the conference on-line, click here. To print out and mail or fax in your registration, click here.
For more information, contact Ms. Jewette Williams at the Fair Housing Project at (919) 861-1883.