Marta Laureano

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Martha Laureano is a Mexican-American woman from Amarillo, Texas, who was ordered by a court to speak English to her daughter.

In the course of a routine custody-case, Laureno's ex-husband complained that their daughter did not get sufficient exposure to English since the mother spoke only Spanish at home; this, according to the father, put the child at a disadvantage once she would start school. The judge agreed, saying that the mother was "abusing that child and [...] relegating her to the position of a housemaid."[1] He later apologized for his word choice, but stood by his ruling which compelled the mother to speak English in addition to Spanish to her child.[2]

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  1. ^ SPEAKING ONLY SPANISH AT HOME IS ABUSE, TEXAS JUDGE RULES. 29 August 1995. Accessed 2011-03-21.
  2. ^ Judge Defends Order to Woman to Speak English. Los Angeles Times. 30 August 1995. Accessed 2011-03-21.