2022 HOPE Fair Housing Month event – “Taking on the Challenges”

2022 HOPE Fair Housing Month event: Taking on the Challenges
Thursday, April 28, 2022
10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT on Zoom

Please join us for presentations on issues affecting the continued fight for fair housing!

Presenters will include:

Eneami Bestman-Range, Fair housing attorney
US Court of Appeals Case Fox v. Gaines & Sex Discrimination in Housing

Robin F. Bachin, University of Miami
Race, Housing, and Displacement in Miami

Jorge Damian de la Paz, Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Office
County Status Update

Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdemtqz0qG9DQDkvQ-teT8-3SlOHh1I_X

Thank you!

Information about the speakers:

Eneami Bestman-Range is an experienced fair housing and landlord/tenant attorney. Eneami most recently worked for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. as the Project Manager for the Fair Housing Project. She investigated potential housing discrimination matters, filed complaints with administrative agencies, litigated cases in state and federal court and engaged in community outreach. Eneami has broad legal experience; however, her legal strengthens lie within written and oral advocacy. This is demonstrated in her recent victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Eneami is one of the few attorneys to argue before the 11th Cir. and to obtain a favorable opinion in Fox v. Gaines, et al wherein the 11th Cir. held that sexual harassment—both hostile housing environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment—is actionable under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, provided the plaintiff demonstrates that she would not have been harassed but for her sex. This recent opinion has broad reaching impact on society.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Eneami served over 8 years in the U.S. Air Force. She is a graduate of St. Thomas University College of law where she graduated with honors and she is currently a freelance attorney wherein she focuses on housing law.

Robin F. Bachin is the Charlton W. Tebeau Associate Professor of History and Assistant Provost for Civic and Community Engagement at the University of Miami. She has published over 50 books, book chapters, and articles on topics including universities and civic engagement, the history of urban planning and design, and the intersections of urban and environmental history.

Her books include Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919; “Big Bosses:” A Working Girl’s Memoir of Jazz Age America; and a forthcoming co-edited volume, Engaging Place, Engaging Practices: Urban History and Campus-Community Collaboration. Bachin is Project Director for the Miami Housing Solutions Lab, member of the Aspen Institute Working Group on Inclusive Innovation in America’s Cities, Past President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and has served on the Boards of Directors of Imagining America, the Urban History Association, and the Urban Environment League of Greater Miami.

Jorge Damian de la Paz is the Senior Strategist for Government Innovation in the Office of the Mayor. Jorge has a background in affordable housing, public interest technology, and community development. Before joining the County, he oversaw affordable housing initiatives at the University of Miami’s Office of Civic and Community Engagement and created online tools focused on regional housing issues.

Jorge also served as a policy analyst at Miami Homes for All where he managed successful advocacy efforts at the city and county-level. As a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge, he helped create free software that tracks public meetings across various cities to increase in-person engagement. A Miami native, Jorge participated in the New Leaders Council, Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows, and Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program.