Jimenez Family: Racial Discrimination in Loudoun County, Va., Exposed; County to Kill...

Jimenez Family: Racial Discrimination in Loudoun County, Va., Exposed; County to Kill Subdivision of Hispanic Family



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WASHINGTON, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–Dec. 22, 2003–The Loudoun County, Va., Board of Supervisors will vote tonight (Dec. 22) at 7 p.m. at the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg, Va., to vacate the Jimenez family subdivision. The Jimenez family subdivision is the only subdivision owned by a Hispanic family, and the only one to be forcibly vacated, according to Willie Jimenez, spokesman for the Jimenez family.

There will be a news conference outside the main entrance of the Government Center at 6 p.m. EST.

The Jimenez family applied for a family subdivision in April 2001. They received approval of the subdivision on June 29, 2001, after complying with Virginia law and Loudoun County ordinance for family subdivisions. They had planned to build three houses, one for the Jimenez family, one for a sister’s family and one for the mother. Due to unforeseen circumstances (deterioration of the health of Sandra Jimenez’s mother, who was going to provide childcare for her grandchildren), they decided that having the three families live on the same property was no longer possible. Sandra Jimenez’s mother decided to sell her lot to pay for medical bills, said Willie Jimenez.

Now because of a complaint by the neighbors, the Board of Supervisors will vote to vacate (rescind) the dividing of the lots. “This is a double standard,” said Sandra Jimenez. The Board of Supervisors has never vacated an approved family subdivision against the wishes of the family. Hundreds of family subdivisions in Loudoun have been approved without the amount of scrutiny and harassment that the Jimenez family has been put through.

Reports of the situation are available from:

— Washington Post – Dec. 18, 2003, article, Board Making Its Last Marks — http://www.washingtonpost.com

“Jimenez said Loudoun officials, by considering the neighbors’ petition, were discriminating against her and her family because they are Hispanic.” (Washington Post, Dec. 18, 2003)

— Leesburg Today – Dec. 16, 2003, article, Board May Erase Subdivision at Final Session — http://www.leesburg2day.com

“The Board of Supervisors is ignoring the law to our detriment and we will not sit idly while we are being discriminated against and our rights are being deprived,” said Willie Jimenez. No other family subdivision has ever been vacated in Loudoun County without the owners’ request.

NOTE: News conference outside the main entrance of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg, Va., today (Dec. 22) at 6 p.m. EST.

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors can be reached at 703-777-0204.

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CONTACT:

Jimenez Family

Arturo Cruz, 703-282-2959

Jimenez Family: Racial Discrimination in Loudoun County, Va., Exposed; County to Kill Subdivision of Hispanic Family