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Latinos Overcoming Barriers Toward Financial Empowerment | Javier G. Torrijos | TEDxWilmingtonSalon

Posted on the 31 January 2018 by Beinglatinacom

Latinos come to America to escape persecution, violence, poverty, and seek opportunities similar to many waves of immigrants that have come for the very same reason throughout America's history. Yet today we are turning many of them away. Financial empowerment starts with Latinos able to come to this great country and have the wonderful opportunities to succeed and contribute. I share my parent's story of how they were able to overcome through hard the many barriers and struggles that Latino families face to provide a better future for their children and future generations. Javier Gilberto Torrijos, P.E. is the Chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission, a volunteer task force, appointed by the Governor to recommend strategies and policies that support equity and fairness for the Hispanic residents of Delaware.

In his day job, Javier is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Delaware with over thirty years of experience in Roadway and Bridge construction management. He is the Assistant Director of Construction for DelDOT.

Mr. Torrijos is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) First State Chapter. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 1987. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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