United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Applauds Edith Ramirez's Appointment as Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Applauds Edith Ramirez's
Appointment as Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) applauds Edith Ramirez's appointment as Chairwoman
of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where she will oversee matters such as
consumer protection, fraud prevention, deceptive and unfair business
practices, and online privacy protection.

Edith Ramirez is an intellectual property attorney, who graduated cum laude
from Harvard Law School and served as editor of the Harvard Law Review from
1990-1991. Ramirez has a successful law career specializing in complex
business litigation, intellectual property law and trademark disputes,
representing corporations like Mattel Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corp. In
2008, she served as the Obama campaign's Latino outreach director in
California. In 2010, Ramirez was sworn in as a commissioner for the FTC and is
now set to replace outgoing Chairman Jon Leibowitz.

"Commissioner Ramirez has proven herself an effective advocate for balancing
the interests of the country's consumers and businesses -- a key attribute for
sound leadership at the FTC. We congratulate the President's efforts on his
commitment to appoint Hispanics to high level positions within his
Administration, and we are proud that Commissioner Ramirez will be the first
Latina to serve as Chairwoman of the FTC," said USHCC President & CEO Javier
Palomarez. "Hispanics and other minority groups are often the first victims of
predatory practices against consumers and online identity fraud. Ms. Ramirez's
outstanding record shows that she will continue efforts to ensure a free and
fair Internet marketplace, which will benefit the Hispanic business community
and all Americans."

The FTC oversees antitrust and consumer protection matters, including
deceptive advertising claims and anti-pyramid scheme enforcement. In recent
years, Ramirez's law practice has focused on intellectual property law in
technology, with much of her career centered on protecting vulnerable
communities, such as low-income clients and non-English speakers. She has
continued this work as commissioner for the FTC, leading a Hispanic outreach
effort fighting against fraudulent practices that target immigrant and
low-income consumers.

"We are proud that Edith Ramirez will continue to serve as one of the nation's
leading advocates for Hispanic consumers. The USHCC looks forward to working
with Chairwoman Ramirez and the FTC on their ongoing efforts to protect all
vulnerable consumers against fraudulent practices," added USHCC Board of
Directors Chairman Marc Rodriguez.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and
development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3
million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that contribute in
excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as
the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and
business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more
information, visit www.ushcc.com.


CONTACT: Valentina Pereda, USHCC Communications Manager
         202-735-7729
         vpereda@ushcc.com
 
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