2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Kena Cador

Kena Cador

Name of Host Organization: ACLU of Northern California
City, State: San Francisco, California
Issue area: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties
Sponsors: Apple, Inc.; O'Melveny & Myers LLP

The Project

Ensure disadvantaged unincorporated communities in California's Central Valley have equitable access to safe water and other municipal services through advocacy, litigation, and public education.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Californians in Fresno, Tulare and Madera counties lack reliable access to basic municipal services including safe, affordable water. This problem is particularly acute for residents of the counties’ 250 disadvantaged unincorporated communities— primarily comprised of low-income immigrants and people of color. The consequences are dire: residents face higher rates of health complications and food insecurity, decreased educational opportunities, and ultimately fall deeper into poverty.
The Right Person For This Project: 
Kena is the right person for the project because:
• Originally from California, she is passionate that disadvantaged unincorporated community residents have a right to be heard
• After obtaining a Masters’ Degree in Africana Studies, she came to law school to better serve low-income communities through legal advocacy
• During law school she worked at the Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division, focusing on fair housing issues and discrimination in access to municipal services

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