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Dec 9, 2014: LatinoJustice Files Amicus Brief Requesting Florida Supreme Court to Redraw Congressional Maps

LatinoJustice PRLDEF on December 1st, 2014 filed an amicus “friend of the court” brief with the Florida Supreme Court in the pending appeal challenging the Florida Legislature’s 2012 congressional redistricting plan.

Dec 3, 2014: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls on Department of Justice to Investigate the killing of Eric Garner

In the wake of a New York grand jury failing to indict a police officer in the death of a Staten Island man, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and a coalition of community advocates are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake a full federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner, and the New York Police Department’s use of force policies.

Dec 2, 2014: LatinoJustice Asks Florida Supreme Court to Force State Legislature to Redraw Congressional Maps

LatinoJustice PRLDEF asked the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to order the state legislature to redraw maps they created after the maps they first created in 2010 were deemed in violation of the state constitution

Dec 2, 2014: Letter of Support for Reappointment of P. David Lopez as the General Counsel of the US EEOC

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Letter of support for the reappointment of P. David Lopez for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Nov 25, 2014: LatinoJustice Files Amicus Brief in Danbury 11 Case In Support of the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Clinic

LatinoJustice PRLDEF in October, 2014 filed an amicus brief with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Maldonado v. Holder, known as the ‘Danbury 11 case,’ in support of the Yale Law School Worker & Immigrant Rights Clinic petition requesting en banc review of Circuit’s August 14, 2014 panel decision because of the potential impact the case will have on already vulnerable immigrant population, their ability to safely secure work in public, and their ability to have an immigration court hearing seeking to suppress evidence questionable obtained by law enforcement in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.

Nov 25, 2014: Thanksgiving Message from Juan Cartagena

As you head into your Thanksgiving celebration, please take a moment to learn how LatinoJustice PRLDEF, with support from our friends, partners and benefactors, has made an impact on the lives of Latinos this past year – and what we’ll be working on in the year ahead.

Nov 25, 2014: Statement of Juan Cartagena on Ferguson Verdict

The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor’s office.

Nov 20, 2014: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Supports Executive Action on Immigration, but Calls on Government to Do More

President Obama’s decision to use his executive powers to grant relief to millions of undocumented immigrants is a historic and welcome step.

Oct 27, 2014: Testimony In Support of NYC City Council Resolution 405 For the Establishment of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum in Washington, DC and its Location Destination in the Arts & Industries Building To the NYC City Council, Cultural Affairs Committee

Chair Van Bramer and members of the Cultural Affairs Committee thank you for the opportunity to comment in support of New York City Council Resolution 405. My name is Juan Cartagena and I serve as President & General Counsel to LatinoJustice PRLDEF a 42 year old institution in New York that uses litigation and advocacy to protect the rights of Latinos in the United States and works to increase their entry into the legal profession.

Oct 10, 2014: Law School Dean from Puerto Rico in NYC to Announce Unique Program to Attract Law Students from USA

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law Dean Dr. Julio Fontanet Maldonado will be the keynote speaker at the Annual LatinoJustice Law Day on Saturday where he will speak about an innovative program to attract students from the USA to study law in Puerto Rico.

Oct 6, 2014: Hamptons Laundry Worker Sexual Harassment Case Left Intact

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has opened an office in Florida to work on behalf of Latinos throughout the Southeastern United States. For over 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has worked to protect the rights of Latinos throughout the country and in Puerto Rico from its New York City headquarters.

Oct 6, 2014: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Opens Southeast Office to Protect the Rights of the Latino Community

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has opened an office in Florida to work on behalf of Latinos throughout the Southeastern United States. For over 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has worked to protect the rights of Latinos throughout the country and in Puerto Rico from its New York City headquarters.

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 23, 2014: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Urges Gov to Veto Bill That Undermines Ability to Take Disciplinary Action Against Police Misconduct

overnor Cuomo must veto a bill that would effectively give the police unions control over discipline for police wrongdoing. The bill would deposit disciplinary authority over police misconduct in the collective bargaining process instead of where it should lie among officials at the local level, according to Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

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:

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