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Jul 31, 2014: Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latinos

The Department of Justice is being called upon to conduct a full investigation into the unsolved murder and vicious attack against two Latino men four years ago. LatinoJustice PRLDEF is also asking the US Department of Justice to investigate the Suffolk County Police Department’s inability to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Jul 30, 2014: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Submits Amicus Brief to the Third Circuit Supporting Appeal Challenging Unconstitutional Surveillance of Muslim Americans in NJ

In July, 2014, LatinoJustice PRLDEF joined with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and other civil rights organizations in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Hassan, et al, v. City of New York, which challenges the NYC Police Department’ (NYPD) surveillance of Muslims, mosques, Muslim-owned business, and Muslim student associations in New Jersey.

Jul 29, 2014: Media Advisory: Press Conference- Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latino Community

WEDNESDAY, July 30th, Press Conference: The Long Island community calls on the Federal Government to complete a full investigation of the murder of Jose Sanchez, the failure of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) to solve his death and demand accountability and oversight into the SCPD.

Jul 28, 2014: STATEMENT OF JUAN CARTAGENA, LATINOJUSTICE PRLDEF ON THE PASSING OF EDDIE ELLIS

On behalf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF I express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the criminal justice visionary, Mr. Eddie Ellis. New York, and indeed the nation, lost an incredible advocate for justice, the rights of prisoners, and the rights of persons with former criminal histories.

Jul 11, 2014: Justice for Job Seekers Campaign Gets Boost from New York Attorney General Agreements with Five Predatory Employment Agencies

(New York, NY) – The Justice for Job Seekers Campaign received a boost this week when New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has reached an agreement with five New York City employment agencies to end predatory practices targeting vulnerable job seekers.

Jul 10, 2014: Statement In Support of a NYC Municipal ID Law

LatinoJustice PRLDEF supports the creation of NYC Municipal Identification Cards for New York City residents regardless of immigration status. The benefits to our immigrant population are enormous and these reforms are consistent with New York City’s unique role as a beacon to all immigrants to our country.

Jun 7, 2014: STATEMENT OF JUAN CARTAGENA, LATINOJUSTICE PRLDEF ON THE PASSING OF TOM OLIVIERI OF HOBOKEN, NJ

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, mourns the passing of Teofilo “Tom” Olivieri on June 5, 2014:

Jun 2, 2014: Gloria Yolanda Rivera 1960-2014

Gloria Yolanda Rivera, a friend of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a supporter of young dreamers and a successful lawyer and businesswoman, passed away last week after a long illness.

May 20, 2014: Statement of LatinoJustice PRLDEF In Response to Federal Court Decision Denying Voting Rights Challenge to Orange County, Florida Redistricting Plan

We are very disappointed in the Federal District Court’s ruling today, but strengthened by the fact that the case has had wide-spread community support. We await Chief Judge Conway’s written opinion in this case, and will then consult with our clients and decide on the next appropriate steps and any possible appeal. This case made clear that Latinos in Orange County are unified in asserting their civil rights.

Apr 30, 2014: Residentes de Nueva Jersey Piden que la Junta de Servicios Públicos Regule las Tarifas de Llamadas en las Prisiones Locales

Trenton – El Miércoles 30 de Abril un grupo de residentes de Nueva Jersey que fueron encarcelados, sus familias y varias organizaciones comunitarias se reunirán para presentar una petición ante la Junta Estatal de Servicios Públicos (BPU), pidiendo a la Junta que reduzca el costo de las llamadas telefónicas en los centros penitenciarios de Nueva Jersey.

Apr 24, 2014: Community Unites to End Employment Agency Scams

As Employment agencies defraud and exploit thousands of job seekers, low-wage workers demand access to dignified and quality jobs through employment agencies

Apr 22, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court, Rules Michigan’s Proposal 2 is Constitutional

WASHINGTON – In a 6-2 decision today, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court and ruled that Michigan’s Proposal 2 is constitutional. Proposal 2 is a 2006 ballot initiative that led to a state constitutional ban on race-conscious college admissions policies in Michigan. It specifically barred students from lobbying universities to consider race as one of many factors in admissions.

Apr 9, 2014: GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF COMMISSION ON YOUTH, PUBLIC SAFETY & JUSTICE

Commission to Provide Recommendations to Modernize New York State Laws, Protect Youth and Ensure Public Safety

Apr 2, 2014: Florida Purge Program Was Illegal, Rules Federal Court Eleventh Circuit Rules that Florida's 2012 Purge Violated National Voter Registration Act

MIAMI – Marking a major victory for Florida voters, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled on Tuesday that Florida’s 2012 voter purge program violated federal law.

Mar 31, 2014: Statement from LatinoJustice PRLDEF President on NY Senate’s Failure to pass DREAM Act provisions

The New York State Senate recently failed to pass the DREAM Act. Had it passed, New York would have become the fifth state to enact laws which would have allowed state financial aid programs to cover the children of undocumented immigrants.

Mar 24, 2014: Suffolk County DA Increases Charges Against Cop Who Targeted Latinos

Suffolk County Police Department Sergeant Scott Greene, charged January 31, 2014 with misdemeanor charges for robbing a Latino motorist, was indicted today on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts for targeting and robbing Latinos on seven separate occasions, including seven counts for having committed hate crimes. Three of the seven victims involved are represented by LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Mar 18, 2014: New York Voting Rights Organizations Urge Governor Cuomo to Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats

New York, NY—Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation.

Mar 14, 2014: Admissions Figures at NYC's Specialized High Schools Show Persistence of Acute Racial Disparities

During a time when the racial composition of the student composition in the city’s public schools continues to receive public scrutiny, the number of black and Hispanic students being admitted to NYC’s most selective high schools continues to decrease.

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