LJP Update: Vigil for Immigrant Mom, Response to Miami Concerns regarding Federal Funding, and more

Faith and Immigrant Advocates Held Vigil for Immigrant Mom

Dozens of faith and immigrant-rights advocates with CASA, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Sanctuary DMV and PICO National Network came together to join in prayer and support of Roxana Orellana-Santos, an immigrant Maryland mother of four and a fierce civil rights defender. The group held a vigil and press conference this morning outside of her ICE check-in at the Executive Office for Immigration Review in Baltimore, vowing to stay out front until Roxana’s check-in ended and they could ensure she would return home to her family in Maryland until her next appointment in August.

"While we are happy that Roxana has successfully gone through her check-in without being detained, the entire process of striking fear into immigrant families is extremely troubling and capricious," said Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. "We call on the administration to stop breaking families apart and stop striking fear into the hearts of young children that their family members could be summarily taken away from them. Roxana and her family have lived in the United States for over a decade, she has never committed nor been accused of any criminal activity. She works hard to make a better home for her children. It's is simply unconscionable to hold so many Latinx immigrant families in constant fear and trauma of thinking that they could be separated from their children at any time."

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Miami-Dade County Immigration Jail Policy Will Not Lead to Loss of Federal Funding

Numerous legal scholars, and local advocacy groups urged the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to uphold a county resolution that has saved millions of tax dollars and improved community relations with police by not requiring officers to detain people for immigration authorities in county jails. The resolution’s future has been imperiled by Mayor Carlos Giménez’s Jan. 26 directive that the county hold immigrants for the federal government at taxpayer expense.

“Gimenez -- an early Trump supporter -- decided to honor ICE detainer requests for nakedly political reasons, in the apparent belief that his future was better served by supporting the President than by protecting the constitutional rights of his immigrant constituency,” said Alan Levine, a Special Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “His professed concern -- the loss of federal funds -- has been casually dismissed by virtual every serious legal scholar who has spoken on the issue. Ironically, if money were his real concern, honoring ICE detainers is a far more serious threat to county funds, given the succession of federal court rulings that have found such detainer requests unconstitutional.”

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Settlement Will End Unconstitutional NYPD Stops, Frisks and Arrests in Clean Halls Buildings

Civil rights groups announced a settlement today with the NYPD that will reform the program under which police officers patrol inside thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City. Under the settlement with the New York Civil Liberties Union, The Bronx Defenders, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the law firm of Shearman & Sterling in the federal class-action case Ligon v. City of New York, the NYPD must comply with clear standards limiting stops, frisks and arrests of people in buildings enrolled in the program. The NYPD must also train and supervise officers involved in this enforcement activity, tighten standards for building participation in the program, submit to years of monitoring, and pay nearly a quarter million dollars to the lead plaintiffs in the case. The federal court in Manhattan must still approve the settlement.

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Lawbound 2017 Recap

Ten new LAWbound scholars completed the Winter LAWbound Academy in January 2017 from six undergraduate schools: Brooklyn College, Columbia University, Iona College, Kean University, Montclair State University and the University at Albany (SUNY). For the first time, all of the scholars were current undergraduate students participating in LAWbound during their winter holiday break. The students enjoyed the week-long prelaw admissions boot camp with visits to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, The New York District Attorney’s Office, New York Law School and CUNY School of Law. If you are a current college student interested in the law and need guidance on how to successfully apply to law school, apply for our Summer LAWbound Academy, which will take place Monday, August 7th to Friday, August 11th. Our new application package will be posted on our website by March 20th. Please contact Sonji Patrick for more info.

Upcoming Events

  • Latino College Expo and Youth Summit: The Latino College Expo (LCE) is your gateway to meeting admissions representatives from over 100 public and private colleges, universities and community based organizations. Founded in 1990, LCE's mission has been to "elevate the educational aspirations of the Latino community and all youth".
    Where: New York University - Kimmel Center When: Saturday March 18th, 9am – 3pm RSVP: Here
  • From Protection to Power - Please join LJP’s Lideres in a panel discussion to address current issues as we discuss issues and action plans for addressing the dangerous environment in which our community finds itself under this new administration. LJP President & General Counsel Juan Cartagena will be moderating this panel featuring several prominent advocates.
    Where: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP When: March 20th, 5pm RSVP: here
  • Pa'Lante VII: Contra La Corriente: MetroLALSA proudly presents Pa'lante VII: Contra La Corriente, which will be held at Pace Law School on March 25, 2017. This year’s theme Contra la Corriente, adequately reflects the determination of the Latino community to better our socio economical status through higher education.
    Where: Pace Law School When: March 25th, 8:30 am – 5pm. Event info: Here.
  • Defense of DACA in the New Administration - Come hear how LatinoJustice is at the forefront of the battle to protect DACA and DREAMers from the new administration. Juan Cartagena, our President and General Counsel will speak at this panel along with Cesar Vargas, a DACAmented lawyer and Director of Dream Action Coalition.
    Where: BakerHostetler When: March 29th, 6:30pm RSVP: here

LJP in the News

  • Overflow Crowd Turns Out for OLA Immigration and Civil Rights Forum: With the Trump administration announcing this week new, tougher standards that will make it easier to deport those who are in the country illegally, and rumors flying about the presence of federal immigration agents in the community, Latinos and their supporters have begun to organize themselves for what they expect to be a more hostile environment. Read more here.
  • Latino Legal Groups React to Gorsuch Nomination With Wariness, Concerns: Latino legal experts are closely following the nomination process of Gorsuch, 49, a member of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. They point to Gorsuch's record and issues that may come before the high court as areas of concern. Read more here.
  • Sanctuary, Safety, and Community: A discussion hosted by Voto Latino and a Q&A with Demos and LatinoJustice PRLDEF attorneys to discuss guidance for local communities about policies that welcome and protect immigrant rights. #Sanctuary #HereToStay. Watch here.

Twitter Highlight

  • The lawyers oath for #SocialJustice lead by @VinceWarren of @theCCR for #LawStrikesBack #GeneralStrike #F17 pic.twitter.com/xVKrfo4OR5
  • I have never been more proud to be a lawyer than I have been in the past few months @LJCartagena at #LawStrikesBack #GeneralStrike #F17 pic.twitter.com/xX52iNjURP
  • Glad to join @thenyic and NYS orgs to discuss local, state and federal actions that NY can take re #ImmigrantRights #OurNY #HereToStay pic.twitter.com/sqht6GqwTL

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