Brave public servant and native Chicagoan, Martin Castro has worked throughout his career to ensure fairness for all and to help businesses and non-profits positively impact the diverse communities in which they operate.
Mr. Castro’s commitment to ensuring the basic human rights of his fellow Illinoisans resulted in his 2009 appointment as Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission during the Quinn administration.
In 2011, President Obama appointed Mr. Castro to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR). He was later elevated to Chair the USCCR, becoming the Commission’s first Latino Chairperson. Under his leadership, the Commission released a statement acknowledging the people of Fergusons’ rights and demands after the killing of the young Michael Brown by police. The Commission recently held hearings on police killings of African Americans.
Marty has also served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Community Trust, where he also chair the Fellowship Committee. In these roles he has directed both grants and leadership development opportunities to diverse non-profits and those who lead them. He received his B.A. in political science in 1985 from DePaul University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988.
On being named one of FDLA’s 20 for 20: “I’m extremely humbled to be recognized by First Defense Legal Aid. They are the first responders in protecting the constitutional rights of those who come into contact with our criminal justice system. Without them countless members of our community would be unable to protect those rights which define and distinguish who we are as a society.”
Join FDLA *THIS FRIDAY* May 15th, 2015, 5-8pm at Mayer Brown LLP for “Answering the Call: A Reception Celebrating 20 Years of 1(800)LAW-REP4!”
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