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Nov 1, 2017: LatinoJustice PRLDEF and 18 Groups File Brief Supporting Lawsuits Seeking to Stop Administration’s DACA Rescission

NEW YORK – LatinoJustice PRLDEF has joined with 18 other organizations to file an amicus brief in support of a motion seeking a preliminary injunction to enjoin the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects many young undocumented immigrants commonly referred to as DREAMers.

Oct 26, 2017: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Announces $1M Grant from Google, and the Formation of a New Justice Reform Collaborative that Will Galvanize Latinos Around the Broken Criminal Justice System

NEW YORK – LatinoJustice PRLDEF, with the support of several foundations, will create a Justice Reform Collaborative (find more information about the collaborative here) that seeks to transform public will around criminal justice, policing, and drug policy reform by changing the black/white binary to include the voices of the Latinx community and its leaders. It is the first center in the country dedicated solely to the Latinx community and the broken criminal justice system that focuses on litigation, community engagement, advocacy and policy reform.

Oct 25, 2017: NHLA URGES CONGRESS AND ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE ADDITIONAL ACTION FOR PUERTO RICO RELIEF EFFORTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations which includes LatinoJustice, welcomes the relief package passed by the Senate for areas affected by recent natural disasters as a first step on the road to recovery for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and others trying to recover from the impact of recent unprecedented natural disasters, and calls on the federal government to support further efforts to provide Puerto Rico the support it needs to rebuild.

Oct 25, 2017: Latino Justice PRLDEF and Lawyer's Committee Announce Settlement of Major Voting Rights Lawsuit in New York

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 25, 2017 -- Pending approval by the court, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Latino Justice PRLDEF reached a settlement in a voting rights case that was filed on the eve of the November 2016 election on behalf of voters who were illegally purged from the registration rolls in New York City. The pending settlement restores voters to the rolls and puts in place a comprehensive remedial program to prevent the improper purging of voters in future elections.

Oct 4, 2017: LatinoJustice PRLDEF and GALEO Send Follow up Letter and Request to Meet with Gwinnett County Officials Seeking Compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act

October 4, 2017 (Atlanta, GA)- LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Georgia Association a Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), sent follow up joint Recommendation Letters and a formal Request to Meet as a follow up to their joint Notice Letters and Georgia Open Records Act Requests sent on July 18, 2017 to the Gwinnett County Board of Elections and all municipalities within Gwinnett County, to remind all municipalities within Gwinnett County to adhere to the mandates required under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), which require the County and every municipality within the County to provide Spanish language election information, materials and assistance.

Oct 2, 2017: LATINOJUSTICE PRLDEF, NAACP AND CBC FILE BRIEFS IN SUPPORT OF TENNY’S LAWSUIT

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the NAACP and the Citizens Budget Commission each filed Amicus Curiae briefs this week in support of Tax Equity Now New York’s lawsuit seeking reform of New York City’s property tax system. TENNY is a coalition of homeowners, renters, rental property owners, civil rights and social justice organizations, that filed suit in April 2017 seeking reform of the New York City property tax system on the grounds that it is irrational, and unfairly burdens low income & minority neighborhoods. Despite widespread support for property tax reform in New York, the City and State are currently fighting the suit.

Sep 25, 2017: Supreme Court Case Could Help or Hinder Voter Suppression

Washington, D.C. — Today,LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, joined by 19 organizations, submitted an amicus brief (also known as a friend of the court document) in support of respondent A. Philip Randolph Institute for the U.S. Supreme Court case, Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, et al. The case could prove to be pivotal in the civil rights fight against voter suppression tactics.

Sep 22, 2017: LatinoJustice PRLDEF to Help Raise Funds for Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico and Mexico

LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s staff and board sends its prayers and stands in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and those who have suffered the second disastrous earthquake in Mexico in two weeks. Puerto Rico has suffered devastating damage and is now completely without power. More than 200 people were killed during the recent earthquake in Mexico City, and rescue and recovery efforts continue.

Sep 13, 2017: LatinoJustice Files Amicus Brief in an Important Gerrymandering case in Front of the Supreme Court

LatinoJustice, the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF) and four other civil rights legal organizations have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford. The case could force Wisconsin to redraw its state assembly map after a trial court struck down the map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. A 3-judge appeals panel ruled that Wisconsin had to redraw the lines, but the state appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court.

Sep 6, 2017: Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Removal of Voters from New York Poll Books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – LatinoJustice PRLDEF together with The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), and the law firm of Dechert LLP, filed suit in federal court in New York on Wednesday on behalf of Common Cause New York to restore the voting rights of millions of New Yorkers ahead of the 2018 election.

Sep 6, 2017: PRESS CALL: Lawyers’ Committee Files Suit Challenging New York Voter Disenfranchisement Lawsuit Challenges Removal of Voters from New York Poll Books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 6th at 1:30 p.m. ET, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, together with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and the law firm of Dechert LLP, will hold a press call to announce a federal suit in New York filed on behalf of Common Cause to restore the voting rights of millions of New Yorkers ahead of the 2018 election.

Sep 5, 2017: Trump Throws Hundreds of Thousands of Young Latinos Into Danger of Deportation

The Trump administration announced it would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, putting hundreds of thousands of young Latinos in danger of being deported. The administration announced that no current beneficiaries will be affected before March 5 of next year. But no new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.

Aug 31, 2017: LatinoJustice and MALDEF Join LDF and The Ordinary People Society in Lawsuit Challenging the President’s Election Integrity Commission

Yesterday, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) in challenging the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The amended complaint adds seven plaintiffs who seek to enjoin the Commission, which we contend was created to discriminate against voters of color.

Aug 26, 2017: Juan Cartagena on the pardon of Joe Arpaio - We Will Not Stand for Pardon of Arpaio

In Washington the President of the United States has engaged in tyranny. His presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is both a slap in the face to the thousands of Latinos who were racially profiled in Arizona and an unbridled rejection of the role of our federal courts to curb unconstitutional behavior.

Aug 26, 2017: Juan Cartagena President and General Counsel LatinoJustice PRLDEF On the Pardon of Joseph Arpaio

In Washington the President of the United States has engaged in tyranny. His presidential pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is both a slap in the face to the thousands of Latinos who were racially profiled in Arizona and an unbridled rejection of the role of our federal courts to curb unconstitutional behavior.

Aug 22, 2017: Court Upholds NY Day Laborers Decision that Struck Down Ban on Soliciting Work

A federal appeals court has upheld a September 2015 federal district decision that had struck down and permanently enjoined a Long Island town’s ban on day laborers soliciting work on public roads and sidewalks.

Aug 14, 2017: Statement by LatinoJustice In Response to the White Supremacist Violence In Charlottesville, Virginia

This weekend’s violence against people who uphold the values of a democracy grounded in racial equality is a tragic reminder of how the words, actions and silence of one man can ignite racial hatred. Make no mistake about this, the violence and the loss of life lies squarely with Donald Trump. His pretense of ignorance of white supremacists during his campaign, his hiring of white nationalists in the White House, and his intentional refusal to denounce white supremacist violence immediately after the events in Charlottesville nurtures and feeds into a segment of the country that yearns for a race war.

Aug 3, 2017: LatinoJustice Honored for Fighting Employment Discrimination with the 2017 Trial Lawyer National Award

LatinoJustice and a team of lawyers were recently honored with Public Justice’s 2017 Trial Lawyer of The Year award for their impactful six-year long litigation in Gonzalez v. Pritzker. The federal class action lawsuit secured a “groundbreaking settlement requiring the U.S. Census Bureau to use a fair method to determine whether the criminal history of an applicant justifies his or her rejection from a job”.

Aug 1, 2017: Rights Groups Question School Suspensions and ICE Detentions of Immigrant Students for Alleged MS-13 Ties

August 1, 2017 – LatinoJustice PRLDEF and The New York Civil Liberties Union today filed Freedom of Information Law requests with South Country Central School District and the Suffolk County Police Department regarding suspensions of immigrant students for questionable gang affiliations. The requests seek to determine the criteria for such suspensions, what information is shared with the police and what information police may be relaying to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Jul 19, 2017: Longtime Brentwood Resident Files Complaint Against Suffolk County and ICE for Unconstitutional Immigration Detention

New York – A longtime Brentwood, N.Y. resident filed a complaint against Suffolk County, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other defendants after being unconstitutionally detained by the Suffolk County Sheriff at the request of federal immigration agents after his bail had already been posted.

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