Latino ed­u­ca­tional event hosted by AG Shapiro

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL / STATE -

Penn­syl­va­nia’s at­tor­ney gen­eral says in­creas­ing aware­ness of con­sumer pro­tec­tion re­sources to the state’s Latino com­mu­nity is a pri­or­ity for his of­fice.

Fol­low­ing the ob­ser­vance of His­panic Her­itage Month, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Shapiro hosted an ed­u­ca­tional event to ap­pre­ci­ate the cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions of His­panic and Latino Amer­i­cans and their im­pact on Amer­i­can his­tory in Philadel­phia on Fri­day.

His of­fice’s first-ever chief di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion of­fi­cer, Ebony Cald­well, also spoke at the event, stat­ing though strides were made to in­crease di­ver­sity, there’s still work to be done to be­come even more in­clu­sive, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

Shapiro said it’s his duty to pro­tect all Penn­syl­va­ni­ans from scams and law­less­ness and he’s com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure the Latino com­mu­nity knows what re­sources are avail­able to them. He said with 837,000 peo­ple in the state who pri­mar­ily speak Span­ish, his of­fice saw a need to ex­pand con­sumer re­sources.

Agents for the of­fice are in­creas­ing con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion re­sources at events in the state and the Bureau of Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion has a di­verse and bilin­gual staff com­mit­ted to be­com­ing more ac­ces­si­ble to the Latino and Span­ish-speak­ing com­mu­nity.

“I want to hear from and help all Penn­syl­va­ni­ans who think they have been vic­tim­ized by a scam,” Shapiro said. “The re­sources of­fered by the Of­fice of At­tor­ney Gen­eral make it eas­ier for peo­ple in this com­mu­nity to file a com­plaint and get help, and it’s crit­i­cal they know how to ask for as­sis­tance when they need it.”

Shapiro said that dur­ing his first year in of­fice, 16 per­cent of all new hires were peo­ple of color, and women hires in­creased 8 per­cent.

The fol­low­ing is a list of re­sources avail­able to the Span­ish-speak­ing com­mu­nity from the of­fice’s Bureau of Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion:

■ Call 800-441-2225 to speak with a bilin­gual agent.

■ Find con­sumer pro­tec­tion book­lets in Span­ish at www.at­tor­ney­gen­eral.gov/wp-con­tent/up­loads/2018/02/rights-and-re­sources_s­pan­ish.pdf

■ File com­plaints in Span­ish by email­ing estafas@at­tor­ney­gen­eral.gov or on­line at www.at­tor­ney­gen­eral.gov/ sub­mit-a-com­plaint/ con­sumer-es­panol.

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