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Spring 1998


This Article will study Latinas in the United States and develop a framework that aims to eradicate injustices Latinas experience by importing the voices of las olvidadas into the heart of rights-talk, thus placing Latinas in justice. First, the piece will identify who the olvidadas are-unseen, unheard, and virtually non-existent in the world of law as well as in the myriad other worlds they inhabit. Parts III and IV consider structural roadblocks-first external and then internal-that conspire to perpetuate Latina invisibility and disempowerment, keeping Latinas from justice. Part V presents the locations and positions of Latinas who suffer intimate violence and of Latinas in the legal professions as examples of the formidable fronteras, effected by the conflation of external and internal structural barriers, that obstruct Latinas' travel to justice. Finally, the work proposes a discursive model that places multidimensionality at the center of any inquiry and promotes respect for differences (including sex, race, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, language, class, religion, education, ability, national origin) yet eliminates marginalization and facilitates participation of Latinas in all spheres of life.