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Idalmis Vaquero

Senior Policy Analyst

Idalmis Vaquero (she/her) is a Senior Policy Analyst located in Los Angeles. Her interest in policy and law stems from her personal experience growing up in Boyle Heights, a community contaminated with high levels of lead as a result of decades of pollution from a former car battery processing facility. This experience led her to youth organizing work at Communities for a Better Environment in 2014, which also solidified her commitment to go to law school to work alongside her community and other frontline communities in the fight for environmental and climate justice. Prior to joining Just Solutions, Idalmis was an Equal Justice Works Fellow/ attorney with Communities for a Better Environment working on toxics, brownfields, and air quality policy and rulemaking. Idalmis received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and B.A. from Wellesley College.

Contact: idalmis at justsolutionscollective.org

Solutions by Idalmis Vaquero

PM2.5 is considered the most dangerous common air pollutant for health and is associated with as many as 200,000 excess deaths annually in the United States, many at exposure levels below previous EPA standards.

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Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is essential for environmental justice communities. This latest case, Louisiana v. EPA, prohibited the EPA] and the U.S. DOJ from addressing preliminary findings of discrimination that would have relieved some of the health and environmental burdens communities in “Cancer Alley.”

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Idalmis Vaquero is a Senior Policy Analyst at Just Solutions. She joined our team in 2023 with a wealth of knowledge on environmental policy and law. Her professional experiences along […]

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Earlier this summer, the federal Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that could get us closer to analyzing climate change impacts, addressing […]

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For decades, the burning of fossil fuels at power plants has resulted in adverse public health outcomes for some of the most environmentally-overburdened communities in our country. Black, Indigenous, communities […]

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After weeks of negotiations and the looming threat of defaulting on our country’s debts, President Biden signed the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) in May. The FRA ended the federal student […]

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