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Rafael Espinal

President and Executive Director
The Freelancers Union

Rafael Espinal, Executive Director of the Freelancers Union, is a former New York City Councilmember and New York State Assemblymember. He has been a vocal advocate for freelance workers' rights, co-sponsoring significant legislation such as the Freelance Isn't Free Act. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Espinal's career is marked by his commitment to various causes, including worker rights, environment, and community development. His leadership in repealing the "no dancing" Cabaret Law and establishing the Office of Nightlife in NYC are among his notable accomplishments. As a third-generation leader of the Freelancers Union, he focuses on amplifying the voices of freelancers and expanding their rights and opportunities​.

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Events featuring Rafael Espinal
Events featuring Rafael Espinal