New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
July 20, 2021

Contact:
Kate Giaquinto, Director of Communications
kate.giaquinto@doj.nh.gov | 603-573-6103

Attorney General Issues Letter Following the Comprehensive Review of Offensive Speech Targeting Representative Manual Espitia

Concord, NH –Attorney General John M. Formella issues a letter following the comprehensive review of a complaint dated May 21, 2021, concerning Nashua State Representative Manual Espitia who was the target of offensive speech.

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"The white nationalist statements directed at Representative Espitia are hateful, offensive, and have no place in New Hampshire," said Attorney General John Formella. "While there is insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges or a civil rights action in this case, the Department of Justice takes these incidents very seriously. We will remain vigilant in our mission to ensure that appropriate actions are taken where the evidence and law allows." 

The Attorney General's Civil Rights Unit enforces state and federal civil rights laws, including the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act and the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination. This Office takes reports of potential Civil Rights violations very seriously and reviews all formal complaints that are filed.

Anyone who believes their civil rights may have been violated may file a complaint at https://www.doj.nh.gov/civil-rights/index.htm or by calling 603-271-3650.

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New Hampshire Department of Justice
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Telephone: 603-271-3658