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Grand Ballroom at the University Student Union, California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard Long Beach CA 90840

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Event Description

The Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will co-host a roundtable in Long Beach, California, on October 23, 2014, to examine how debt collection and credit reporting issues affect Latino consumers, especially those who have limited English proficiency. The event, titled “Debt Collection & the Latino Community,” will bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, state and federal regulators, and academics to exchange information on a range of issues. Topics will include:

  • An overview of the Latino community, their finances, and the collectors who contact them;
  • Pre-litigation collection from Latino consumers;
  • The experience of LEP Latinos in debt collection litigation;
  • Credit reporting issues among LEP Latinos; and
  • Developing improved strategies for educating and reaching out to LEP Latinos about debt collection.

To view the full agenda in PDF, please scroll down to the Event Details.

The roundtable is free and open to the public. To pre-register, please email ONLY your name, affiliation, and email address to

The event is being webcast live. There is no need to register to view the webcast.

Send your ideas and comments regarding the roundtable event to the following email address: or

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Disability Accommodations

The Grand Ballroom is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation related to a disability, please contact Lara Kittelson at or 202-326-3388. Such requests should include a detailed description of the accommodations needed and a way to contact you if we need more information. Please provide advance notice.

FTC Privacy Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments, whether filed in paper or electronic form, and as a matter of discretion, we make every effort to remove home contact information for individuals from the public comments before posting them on the FTC website.

The FTC Act and other laws we administer permit the collection of your pre-registration contact information and the comments you file to consider and use in this proceeding as appropriate.  Under the Freedom of Information Act or other laws, we may be required to disclose to outside organizations the information you provide when you pre-register.  For additional information, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see the Commission’s Privacy Act system for public records and comprehensive privacy policy.

This event will be open to the public and may be photographed, videotaped, webcast, or otherwise recorded.  By participating in this event, you are agreeing that your image — and anything you say or submit — may be posted indefinitely at or on one of the Commission's publicly available social media sites.