Mercado, Edward, 1937-

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Edward Mercado has distinguished himself in the area of public service and civil rights. A native of New York, he was born on July 18, 1937 in the South Bronx. He is also a proliFIC

and capable photographer who has been documenting Puerto Rican life for over forty years. Mercado has held government positions at the state, city and federal level. His first government job was in 1966 as Human Rights Specialist for the New York City Commission of Human Rights. In that same year, he was named Regional Director of the New York State Division of Civil Rights.

He was active in the 1966 and 1970 campaigns of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller as well as Senator Jacob K. Javits' electoral campaign in 1968. He was later appointed District Director of the Federal Anti-Poverty Programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which were part of the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. In 1989, Mercado was appointed Director of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In 1995 he was back in New York working for Governor George Pataki as the Director of the New York State Division of Human Rights. Among his most important accomplishments was making government more accessible and responsive to Latinos and bringing more Hispanics into government positions.

From the description of Papers, 1924-2001. (New York State Historical Documents). WorldCat record id: 155422823

Edward Mercado has distinguished himself in the area of public service and civil rights. A native of New York, he was born on July 18, 1937 in the South Bronx. He is also a proliFIC

and capable photographer who has been documenting Puerto Rican life for over forty years. Mercado has held government positions at the state, city and federal level. His first government job was in 1966 as Human Rights Specialist for the New York City Commission of Human Rights. In that same year, he was named Regional Director of the New York State Division of Civil Rights. He was active in the 1966 and 1970 campaigns of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller as well as Senator Jacob K. Javits' electoral campaign in 1968. He was later appointed District Director of the Federal Anti-Poverty Programs in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands which were part of the U.S. Office of Equal Employment Opportunity. In 1989, Mercado was appointed Director of the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. In 1995 he was back in New York working for Governor George Pataki as the Director of the New York State Division of Human Rights. Among his most important accomplishments was making government more accessible and responsive to Latinos and bringing more Hispanics into government positions.

From the description of Papers, 1924-2001. (Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos). WorldCat record id: 52425727

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creatorOf Mercado, Edward, 1937-. Papers, 1924-2001. New York State Historical Documents
creatorOf Mercado, Edward 1937-. Papers, 1924-2001. Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos
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associatedWith Capó, Bobby, 1922- person
associatedWith Casita Maria. corporateBody
associatedWith Casita Maria. corporateBody
associatedWith D'Amato, Alfonse, 1937- person
associatedWith Dinkins, David N. 1929- person
associatedWith Javits, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-1986. person
associatedWith Koch, Ed. (Edward Irving), 1924- person
associatedWith Lindsay. John V. (John Vliet), 1921-2000. person
associatedWith New York (N.Y.). City Commission on Human Rights. corporateBody
associatedWith New York (State). State Division of Human Rights. corporateBody
associatedWith Partido Nuevo Progresista. corporateBody
associatedWith Pataki, George E., 1945- person
associatedWith Puerto Rican Day Parade. corporateBody
associatedWith Puerto Rican Day Parade. corporateBody
associatedWith Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979. person
associatedWith Romero-Barceló, Carlos, 1932- person
associatedWith United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Velázquez, Nydia M., 1953- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York
Puerto Rico
New York (State)
United States
New York (State)
Puerto Rico
United States
New York (State)--New York
New York (State)--New York
New York
Subject
Self-determination, National
Discrimination in employment--Law and legislation
Puerto Ricans in New York (City)
Political participation
Statehood (American politics)
Puerto Ricans--Employment
AIDS (Disease)
Puerto Ricans--Civil rights
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention
Parades
Puerto Ricans
Civil rights
Hispanic Americans
Occupation
Function

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Active 2001

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