Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, 2018 Pa’Lante Award Honoree

Carlos J. Martinez
Carlos J. Martinez

Carlos J. Martinez, a native of Cuba, has dedicated his professional life to public service, using his legal talents in service of the poor.

Arriving to Miami from Cuba on a 1969 Freedom Flight, he learned the meaning of hard work and determination at an early age. At 16, Carlos was hired as a car wash attendant at an Exxon station on Calle Ocho. Within three years, Carlos was simultaneously managing six gas stations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. He worked full-time to pay for his undergraduate college education. He attended Miami-Dade College, the University of Texas-Austin and graduated from Florida International University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1985. In 1990, Carlos received his J.D. from the University of Miami.

He was elected public defender in 2008, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016 without opposition. Carlos is the first Cuban-American Public Defender and the only elected Hispanic Public Defender in the U.S. As Public Defender, Carlos manages an office of approximately 400 employees, handling approximately 75,000 cases each year.

Carlos has often stated that “fighting for individual rights and equal justice, for the downtrodden, the despised, the voiceless and the invisible, has not just given me great professional satisfaction, it has given meaning to my life.” This dedication to his cause has made him a tireless advocate for immigrant rights in Miami-Dade.

PRESENTED BY:

Cheryl Little, Esq.
Cheryl Little has been a tireless advocate for immigrant rights for over three decades and has established herself as one of this country’s leading experts in the immigration field. She is the co-founder of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. (FIAC), now Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), and serves as its Executive Director. She has received numerous honors and awards for her work, and has authored many publications in the area of immigration, including law review articles and reports. She has testified many times before Congress and appears regularly on television. Her appearances include 60 Minutes, Nightline, PBS’s News Hour, Frontline, The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN.

Regresa Festival Gay8 a la Calle Ocho de la Histórica Pequeña Habana

Miami, FL – Despues de un exitoso debut en el 2016 (17,000 personas asistieron el año pasado), el Festival GAY8 regresa a la Pequeña Habana. Las mejores bandas de Miami, empresas, líderes comunitarios y la comunidad en general se darán cita el 15 de enero, 2017 en el segundo Festival Gay8. Gay8 es un festival anual Latino LGBT de arte, música y comida que se celebra en la histórica Pequeña Habana de Miami y presentará algunos de los talentos musicales más celebrados de Miami – bandas como Locos por Juana, Sonlokos, Lucy Grau, y los Spam Allstars.

“La comunidad LGBTA* se honra en presentar un festival comunitario con el propósito de abrir puertas y conectar a aquellos que usualmente no se relacionan”, dijo Damian Pardo, organizador. “Gay8 representa un día divertido para todos los miamenses, en el que celebramos la diversidad y la cooperación”.

Gay8 también incluirá varios eventos alrededor del festival – incluyendo fiestas bailables, muestras de comidas, muestras de cine, muestras de literatura y presentaciones artísticas espontáneas. Algunos de los mejores restaurantes locales tendrán quioscos en el festival y los sabores más ricos de Miami llenarán el aire con aromas cautivantes.

Para obtener información completa, incluyendo el calendario de eventos y patrocinios, visita: www.gay8festival.com.

QUIÉN:               La comunidad LGBTA (invita a todo Miamiense)

QUÉ:                   Festival Gay8

DÓNDE:              Calle Ocho en el SW de Miami, desde la avenida 14 hasta la 17

CUÁNDO:           Domingo 15 de enero, de 11 AM a 10:00 PM

POR QUÉ:           Festival Gay8 busca reunir a las diversas comunidades de  Miami al mezclar todos los encantos del sur de Florida en una gigantesca fiesta de barrio.

Para descargar logos y fotos visita: http://tinyurl.com/Gay8-Festival-Media-Kit