News and Events: Florida Redraws Congressional Districts, Protections Reinstated for Home Care Workers and more

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  • Federal Court Approves Key Reforms in NYC Stop-and-Frisk Case
  • Florida Legislature Redraws Congressional Districts
  • Court Reinstates Federal Protections to Home Care Workers
  • Goldman Sachs Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network Recruiting Event
  • Sponsor our 2015 Gala
  • Join Law Day 2015

Federal Court Approves Key Reforms in NYC Stop-and-Frisk Case

By Jose Perez, Deputy General Counsel @JPerezLatino, and Foster Maer, Senior Litigation Counsel

In August, the federal court overseeing reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices approved two new policies, on racial profiling and on police-citizen street encounters. These new policies were negotiated amongst the parties to the consolidated stop & frisk lawsuits. With the court’s approval, the policies have now become binding on the NYPD.

The issuance and court approval of an NYPD policy prohibiting racial profiling and other forms of bias-based policing is a critical step in remedying the NYPD’s unconstitutional practices with respect to blacks and Latinos. These new policies impose clear legal limits on stops and frisks of New Yorkers and require documentation of each stop. Officers are to receive training on both of these new policies to ensure their successful implementation. The court also approved a pilot program to provide a stop receipt, requiring officers to identify themselves and provide to the person stopped the reason for the stop and information about how to file a complaint.

These policy changes are part of the court-ordered “immediate reform process” mandated by the court two years ago. The specifics have been negotiated by the parties in the three related Stop and Frisk cases - LatinoJustice is one of plaintiffs’ co-counsel in Ligon v NYPD. We are currently preparing for the public review portion of the remedial process which requires input from the impacted communities, including many Latino neighborhoods, and will build on changes made through the immediate reform process.


Florida Legislature Redraws Congressional Districts

By Martha Pardo, Associate Counsel of LatinoJustice, and Cal Soto, Legal Fellow

As a result of the Florida Supreme Court’s recent decision finding Florida’s congressional map unconstitutional, the Florida Legislature held a special session from August 10-21, 2015 to redraw its congressional districts. LatinoJustice PRLDEF was active in Tallahassee during this time to protect congressional district 9’s Latino vote. All of the proposed maps would have significantly reduced the number of Latino voters in the Central Florida congressional district.

During the special session, LatinoJustice sent statements to house and senate committees and their chairs detailing ways in which the proposed maps would undermine the political voice of the state’s fastest growing minority population. You can read the proposal here. Nevertheless, the state congress was poised to dismiss years of grassroots advocacy undertaken by local leaders, including LatinoJustice, by diminishing the vote of the Latino community in congressional district 9. The state senate and house ultimately failed to agree on a new congressional map at the end of the special session. The trial court is waiting on a response from the Florida Supreme Court on how to proceed given the house and senate’s inability to agree upon a map.


Court Reinstates Federal Protections to Home Care Workers

By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Associate Counsel @Lyciaora

A federal appeals court on Friday issued a ruling upholding regulations drawn up by the U.S. Department of Labor to extend minimum wage and overtime protections to almost two million workers who provide home care for the elderly and disabled. The decision can be found here. The regulations, struck down by a lower court about nine months ago, were intended to remove an exemption in federal minimum wage and overtime laws for home care workers. LatinoJustice PRLDEF had joined with several other civil rights and women’s rights organizations including Legal Momentum in submitting an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit supporting the rights of home care workers to basic wage and hour protections that most other workers receive.

The Department of Labor in appealing the District Court ruling enjoining the regulations contended that the regulations would belatedly bring home care workers under the wage and hour protections covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), after many years of interpreting this particular category of workers to be outside the scope of protections. The work of domestic workers, including home health care workers, is documented as historically and contemporarily primarily carried out primarily by women of color. According to the National Council of La Raza, 21% of home care workers are Latino, and the majority of them are Latina. The brief can be found here.


Goldman Sachs Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network Recruiting Event

Our friends at Goldman Sachs are organizing a firmwide event to reach out to legal professionals with related industry experience. In addition to a panel presentation by senior leaders, members of the Goldman Sachs recruitment team will be on hand at a networking reception. Click on the link below for more information and to apply. Registration deadline is Sunday, September 6th – and be sure to add a bullet at the bottom of your resume that identifies you as a “LatinoJustice Member”. Please note that only selected applicants will be invited to attend.

The Goldman Sachs Firmwide Hispanic/Latino Network (FHLN) is pleased to invite you to attend a recruiting event for professionals in the financial services industry.

This event will feature a panel of senior leaders who will share their professional experiences and describe their career progression. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion, featuring members of the FHLN and the firm’s recruiting team. Please register to attend the event via the link provided below. A member of the Diversity Recruiting Team will reach out to selected participants by Thursday, September 10th, 2015.

Application Deadline: Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Event Details

New York
Date: Wednesday, September 16
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: 200 West Street

Please note that Goldman Sachs will not provide travel or hotel accommodations.


LatinoJustice PRLDEF Annual Awards Gala Save the Date

Join us as for the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Annual Awards Gala, November 10, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt New York.

This year we are honoring:

  • LUCERO: Pilar S. Ramos, General Counsel-North America, MasterCard International
  • CORPORATE LEADER: Comcast Corporation
  • CAP LEADER: Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP
  • COMMUNITY CHAMPION: Junot Diaz, Pulitzer-prize winning author, MacArthur Fellow and Co-founder, Voices of Our Nation Workshop.

Click here for sponsorship information.

If you are an artist or crafter and want to participate in the Gala Silent Auction and Mercado, please contact ldiaz@latinojustice.org.

Questions? Contact dmedina@latinojustice.org


Registration for Law Day 2015 Now Open

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Pace Law School cordially invite you to attend our 33rd Annual Law Day on October 24, 2015. The event will be held at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038 from 10am to 4pm. You can find more information about the event here. Students can also register here.


Twitter Roundup

You can catch the latest LatinoJustice news by following on Facebook or Twitter but here is a roundup of some tweets from the past two weeks.

  • Litigation win, NYPD Will Now Give 'Receipts' To the People They Stop and Frisk #PoliceReform. Read article here
  • Pope Francis urges an end of crimes against migrants. Global community must act #Immigration. You can read article here
  • 72% believe undocumented immigrants should stay. In other words, #Deportation threats lose political points. You can read study here.

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