The Arkansas Educational Television Networks (AETN) premiere Spanish language program, El Latino, celebrated its 10th broadcast anniversary Aug. 14 by taping a new episode, which will air Sunday, Aug. 26, at 10:30 p.m.
AETN has been very fortunate to provide a forum entirely in Spanish to the viewers of Arkansas for as long as we have, El Latino producer LaShuan Vaughn said. It has allowed us to expand our reach to the Latino community and serve as a bridge to programs, services, information and various resources.
AETN produces El Latino in cooperation with the weekly newspaper of the same name, and the program is moderated by the newspapers editor, Michel Leidermann. The program was created to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic community across Arkansas and the U.S. Each month Leidermann discusses issues pertinent to this growing population with a panel of engaged community members. El Latino is broadcast in Spanish.
Over the past decade, the program has covered topics related to education, immigration, health care, entrepreneurship and employment.
The Aug. 26 episode will focus on the rights of workers and how to enforce these rights, regardless of immigration status, in matters of occupational injuries and payment of wages. Panelists include: Jorge A. Delucca, compliance assistance specialist, OSHA-Oklahoma City, U.S. Department of Labor; Lesbia A. Rodriguez, assistant district director, Wage and Hour, U.S. Department of Labor, Little Rock; Ana C. Aguayo, associate director of public relations and development, Northwest Arkansas Workers' Justice Center.