LJP Update: ICE Raids Update, Líderes Event and more

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New National ICE Raids Lead to Panic in Latino Community

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted a series of raids in several southern states targeting Central American refugee families for deportation over the New Year’s weekend. This new immigration initiative which targeted mothers & children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who had entered the U.S. since January 2014 and had already received a final order of deportation could affect approximately 100,000 families nationwide. Although there were numerous reports of immigration raids occurring in NY, most of the reports were unfounded. Nonetheless, local Latino residents were living in a state of panic last week, not going to work or sending their children to school. To address the fear enveloping Latino communities, LJP attorneys created bilingual know your rights materials and this past weekend participated in several community education efforts to inform the immigrant community of their rights.

LatinoJustice in a case called Aguilar had sued ICE in 2007 to cease their then home raid practices in NY under an enforcement program called “Operation Return to Sender” which was aptly described as “raided for sleeping while Latino”. The case settled with ICE paying $1million dollars in damages and attorneys’ fees to the 22 plaintiffs, several who were granted immigration relief. The Aguilar case settlement also required ICE to adopt new national policies governing the use of warrantless home raids:

  • Consent to enter or search a private residence must be sought in the language understood by the resident
  • Agents in consent-based home operations cannot enter the area around a home where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy unless they obtain consent to do so.
  • Protective Sweeps are permitted only where there is a reasonable, articulable suspicion of danger and cannot be conducted upon entry to a home without such suspicion.

Click here for English release and here for Spanish release(s) announcing the Aguilar settlement for further details about the case.


Latino/a Health and Civil Rights Advocates File Amicus Brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

LatinoJustice joined the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and leading Latino/a health and civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, a case the Supreme Court will hear on March 2nd, reviewing two pieces of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, H.B. 2. The law has already resulted in the closure of most of the abortion clinics in the state.

The brief outlined how provisions of H.B. 2 have already had a devastating impact on Latinas’ ability to access safe and affordable reproductive healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley. For immigrants, mothers, low-wage workers, and Latinas who are all three, securing an abortion means navigating a state-created obstacle course. If the challenged provisions are not struck down, more clinics will close, women will have to wait even longer, and many will face higher costs to access the abortions they need. Those unable to overcome these obstacles will be forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term or take matters into their own hands.

“All women have the right to access critical healthcare services, regardless of where they live, their income, immigration status or ethnicity,” said Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

“Attempts to eliminate access to affordable reproductive health care infringe on women’s constitutionally protected rights and disproportionately burden poor women and women of color,” stated LatinoJustice Latin@s at Work Associate Counsel Natasha Bannan. You can read the full press release here.


Advocating for Rights of Public School Students in East Ramapo

We recently joined with Latino immigrant parents and advocates from Padres UNIDOS de Rockland County and Strong East Ramapo Coalition to weigh in on the governance issues plaguing the East Ramapo Central School District in Rockland County, New York. According to the State Department of Education, 50.4% of the District’s 8,485 students are Latino. Latino families and other critics have long accused the elected School Board and Superintendent of favoring the needs of Hasidic students attending private yeshivas over the needs of Latino, Black and recent immigrant students with limited English proficiency known as English-language learners (ELL) enrolled in the District’s public schools. For several years, the school district’s economic and academic performance went into a steep decline as chronicled by New York magazine and This American Life, and major media.

LatinoJustice’s December 7, 2015 letter (linked here) to the New York State Commissioner of Education expressed concerns that the nearly 2,500 ELL pupils representing over 29% of the students have been continuously and severely neglected, and accused the district of a tacit policy of denying services and proper academic programming to those most in need. Two groups of monitors found that the school board “persistently failed to act in the best interest of public school students.” The NY State Regents’ Board of Trustees subsequently convened a hearing and voted to recommend extending monitor oversight, additional funding, and veto authority. (Read more here).


State of Hate: From Politics to Raids, the Modern Day Lynching of Latinos

Maximo Anguiano

Join us for a Lideres Fireside Chat: State of Hate- with Juan Cartagena and Maximo Anguiano on Thursday, January 28th. We'll discuss the historical underpinnings of institutionalized racism in law enforcement and how the violence against Latinos has shaped our culture and upbringing in the United States. Additionally, we'll hear about the current state of the Latino community and the impact that anti-Latino rhetoric is having on our community. What do we need and where do we go from here? And how is the millennial generation going to drive this change?

When: Jan 28, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

RSVP for the event here.


Job Opening at Bristol-Myers Squibb

Job Description: SENIOR COUNSEL, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & SECURITIES

The Senior Counsel, Corporate Governance and Securities will work closely with the Corporate Secretary on corporate governance matters and will be responsible for providing legal advice and support on corporate governance practices, executive compensation disclosures, and in related areas of responsibility.

Ongoing responsibilities include: monitoring and ensuring compliance with governance-related requirements under Delaware law, New York Stock Exchange listing standards and Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") rules and regulations; drafting presentations, memoranda and resolutions for the Board of Directors and Board Committees, drafting the proxy statement and related materials, preparing materials for and participating in shareholder meetings, including the Annual Meeting, handling stockholder proposals and any SEC No-Action letter requests; overseeing the preparation and timely filing of certain other SEC filings, including Section 16 reports, Section 13D/G filings, Form S-8s, and Form 8-Ks relating to governance and executive compensation matters; overseeing Stockholder Services; providing legal advice and support to the Total Rewards team and Stock Plan Operations, including with respect to international securities filings and other international filings related to equity award grants; and providing legal support and advice on aviation matters as needed.

For Qualifications and to apply, click here.


Gear up for the June LSAT

We are currently accepting registrations for our classes for the June LSAT. The deadline is Monday, January 25th. Classes begin January 30th (weekend course) and February 8th (Monday/Wednesday course). Please visit the LSAT page on our website here for more information.


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