ACLU Names Members of Advisory Committee in Melendres v. Arpaio
The American Civil Liberties Union named the three people who will serve on the "community advisory board" in the Melendres v. Arpaio racial-profiling case.
This board, established by Judge G. Murray Snow's order, can relay to Arpaio's monitor any concerns about possible violations of the injunction against the Sheriff's Office, and provide recommendations about MCSO policy to comply with the court order.
The three members of the committee are Lisa Duran, a local immigration attorney, Angeles Maldonado, and immigrant-rights organizer, and Carlos Santos, an assistant professor at Arizona State University's psychology department whose research focuses on immigrant and Latino populations.
More biographical information on the advisory committee members can be seen in the ACLU's court filing, embedded at the bottom of this post.
Initially, Judge Snow ordered that this community advisory board be made up of six members -- three from MCSO, and three from the ACLU's and other plaintiffs' side.
Snow amended that part last month, making the board a three-member panel, all selected by the plaintiffs, which deals with monitor Robert Warshaw instead of MCSO representatives.
"During the meetings of the [community advisory board], members will relay or gather concerns from the community about MCSO practices that may violate the provisions of this Order and the Court's previous injunctive orders entered in this matter and transmit them to the Monitor for his investigation and/or action," Snow's revised order states. "Members may also hear from MCSO Personnel on matters of concern pertaining to the MCSO's compliance with the orders of this Court."
Another part of the order states that the purpose of the board is to "facilitate regular dialogue between the Monitor and community leaders, and to provide specific recommendations to MCSO about policies and practices that will ensure that the provisions of this Order and other orders entered by the Court in this matter are met."
The board is required to meet at least three times per year, as long as the order is in effect.
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