LITTLE ROCK, AR — Attorney General Mike Beebe met on Tuesday, March 2 with his Latino Advisory Board, a select group of Arkansans who are active in the state’s growing Latino communities. Today was the first formal meeting of the group.

The Advisory Board was established to keep a constant dialogue open between Latino Arkansans and the Attorney General’s Office. At today’s meeting, Board members discussed the needs and concerns that are growing as the state’s Latino population increases. Especially pressing is the need to educate new residents about the functions and services provided by the Attorney General’s Office, other law-enforcement agencies and state agencies.

“As our Latino population grows, so do the efforts of con artists to target them,” Beebe said. “They take advantage of the fact that many newcomers to our society are accustomed to different government structures and may be hesitant to trust authority. We want to make sure that members of our Latino communities get the information they need to protect themselves as consumers and to become informed about the programs available to help them as Arkansas citizens.

“The members of the Latino Advisory Board are: Alejandro Avilles, LULAC Young Adults Council, Fayetteville; Lupita Chavarria, Editor, La Prensa Hispana, DeQueen; Dr. Cesar Compadre, UAMS, Little Rock; Willie Cosme, Arkansas Department of Education Migrant Education Program, Little Rock; Jay Freeman, Farmers Insurance Agent, Little Rock; Jorge Garcia, Edward Jones Investments, Hot Springs; Dr. Andre Guerrero, Arkansas Department of Education, Little Rock; Carla Lambert, St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Little Rock, Michel Liederman, Editor, El Latino, Little Rock; Shawn McGrew, LULAC Arkansas President, Bentonville; Dr. Eddie Ochoa, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock; Roxanna Sanchez, Little Rock; Diana Worthen, Arkansas Hispanic Women Organization, Springdale.

For information on other consumer matters, contact the Public Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office at Suite 200, 323 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201. The office can be reached by calling 682-2341 (Little Rock) or 1-800-482-8982. Spanish-speaking consumers can also call (501) 683-3130. TDD service is available for the hearing impaired at 682-6073. The address on the World Wide Web is

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