Juan Cartagena

President & General Counsel | LatinoJustice PRLDEF


Juan Cartagena is one of the nation’s leading voices on equality and nondiscrimination who has successfully used the law to effectuate systems change for the benefit of marginalized communities. A popular public speaker, seasoned litigator and educator, Mr. Cartagena is currently the President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights public interest law office that represents Latinas and Latinos throughout the country and works to increase their entry into the legal profession.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law, Juan currently lectures on constitutional and civil rights law at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He has written extensively on constitutional and civil rights issues but his current focus for litigation, research and writing addresses the effects of mass imprisonment, policing and drug policy on Latinx communities.

In 2017 Juan wrote the introduction to the Spanish version of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow and his essay, “Latinos and The New Jim Crow: Untangling Convergences” is used to contextualize national convenings of Latinx communities to engage in criminal justice reform.