‘This Is An Unnatural Disaster’: Activist Stephanie Llanes On What You Should Know About Puerto Rico

October 28, 2017

DETROIT, MICHIGAN—At this weekend’s Women’s Convention, an event that’s already packed with terrifyingly impressive people, Stephanie Llanes, the Bertha Justice Institute Fellow at the nonprofit legal advocacy organization Center for Constitutional Rights, manages to stand out.

Llanes, an attorney and activist, was the first person in her family to attend college and eventually went to UC Berkeley for law school, where she was the co-president of the Latino Law Students Association, articles editor for the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy, and a national mock trial champion. As an undergraduate at Emory, where she transferred from community college, she organized a racial justice student coalition called Change @ Emory. If that’s not enough for you, she’s also a former reggaeton artist, and recorded three R&B albums after being signed by Interscope when she was 16 (“when I was a kid, my escape from all this crap that was happening to us was music,” she explained.)


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November 3, 2017