Javier Palomarez resigns to the USHCC after controversial accusations
The leader of one of the most prominent Latino organizations in the country has left office after being accused of financial improprieties and sexual harassment.
This weekend has shaken the foundations of Latin American politics and organizations nationwide. After Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia took a leave without pay while two allegations of sexual harassment against her are being investigated, on Monday the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) issued a statement announcing that the president and CEO of its group, Javier Palomarez, would be removed from office after several allegations of corruption and sexual harassment against him.
"After much deliberation and careful consideration for the future of the USHCC, Mr. Palomarez and the board of directors have mutually agreed to undergo a leadership transition for the organization, effective immediately," reads the statement published by the New York Times
According to the report, Palomarez was accused by his former chief of staff, Gissel Gazek Nicholas, for having tried to kiss her without consent, which the media confirmed through communications with her relatives. In addition, the USHCC board has opened an investigation for alleged misappropriation of funds by its director who would have been considerably increasing his own salary during his tenure, according to former board director Nina Vaca.
However, Palomarez would be collaborating with the board for the leadership transition after nine years as president and CEO, a period during which "the Chamber’s profile was elevated and took a historic step in making its first presidential endorsement, which went to Hillary Clinton in 2016," as NBC reported.
Palomarez also tarnished the Chamber's reputation by engaging in conversations with the Trump administration that were canceled when the president rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as the media explains.
Similarly, the United League of Latin American Citizens (the oldest civic organization in the nation) has demanded the resignation of its president Roger Rocha Jr. for supporting the immigration proposals of the Trump administration.