For Jason Flores-Williams, the borderlands that define nations and often divide people are not as sharp or clear as the lines drawn on a map. They are, for the most part, transition zones, strands of generous beauty, promise, possibility and tradition.
For the boy growing up in the U.S. Southwest, the vast stretches of borderland along the Mexico-U.S. frontera represented home; a space to launch one’s exploration and embark upon a life’s vocation of fighting for justice.
Like most Americans, Flores-Williams proudly claims the influences of several cultures, for such is the blessing of mixed blood, or mestisaje. However, the Mexican-American soul continues to dominate, as its tenacious roots lie closest to the surface, alive and sustainable.
A noted author and constitutional attorney, his family’s footsteps have traversed the 1,500 mile Camino Real from Mexico City to Santa Fe since the 17th Century, la familia Flores earning its herencia, its stamp on history.
His great great grandfather, Santiago Flores, was an established trader on the Camino Real, and a major political figure who helped shape the commerce of the borderland territory.
His great grandfather, Manuel Everesto Flores, was a respected lawyer with offices in El Paso, a defender of Latino rights and politically active voice in a turbulent time of change.
His grandfather, William Flores, was a renowned fighter for Latino work-place equality in the United States. Mr. Flores served multiple terms as national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), speaking on behalf of Latinos in the United States of America.
His mother, Camille Flores, author and journalist, has covered issues in the Southwest from a Pan-American perspective, engendering a respect and appreciation for the shared Mexican-American experience.
Flores-Williams’ passion and integrity arise from his herencia and connection to the rich cultural landscape that has defined has family. His cases— ranging from high profile constitutional criminal defense to landmark civil rights class actions—have been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Vice, Denver Post, Albuquerque Journal and news agencies throughout the world.
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