::New York, NY:: A Manhattan federal court ruled on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, that the owner of the Kum Gang San restaurants, Ji Sung Yoo, fraudulently transferred his property to his wife in order to avoid paying a wage theft judgment of $2.7 million to 11 Asian and Latino workers.
“This administration is once again exalting certain “persons” in the United States over others in a capricious, harmful and alarming way to demean and devalue the contributions of all residents,” said Juan Cartagena, president and general counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF. “The 14th Amendment protects all “persons” not just citizens of our country. It has long been settled and accepted that all people – regardless of their citizenship, place of birth, religion or any other standard – are counted and are encouraged to participate in the census. The inclusion of the U.S. Citizenship question contradicts our values as a country of immigrants.”
A Latina soldier in the United States Army Reserve who sued the US Government for indefinitely delaying her citizenship application was sworn in today.
Legal organizations based in the U.S., working with investigative journalists in Puerto Rico, filed multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) seeking detailed information concerning the agency’s inadequate, and often incomprehensible, efforts to provide emergency relief after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017.
Jerónimo Saldaña has joined LatinoJustice PRLDEF as the leader of a new national Latinx collaborative that will focus on ending the over criminalization of communities of color. Jerónimo will co-direct the Justice Reform Collaborative, a national effort to elevate the voices of Latinxs on criminal justice reform issues.
Jason Hernandez, one of the first individuals to receive clemency under President Barack Obama, was named as LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s inaugural Media Fellow under a new grant recommended by The Open Philanthropy Project. The fellowship program is intended to allow a member of the Latinx community to document and eventually publish an account of his or her direct involvement with the criminal justice and correction system.
A Latina soldier in the United States Army Reserve sued the US Government for indefinitely delaying her citizenship application which has been pending adjudication for almost a year.
On January 31, 2018 Judge Vincent Briccetti of the United States Southern District Court preliminarily approved a proposed settlement agreement from Plaintiffs and Defendant Ideal Snacks Corp. based on terms agreed in their August 2017 Mediation. Class certification and class agents were also approved.
A building porter who often worked seven days a week in exchange for a free room in the basement of a building but was never paid a salary was awarded almost $50,000 in unpaid wages after he filed a back wages claim with the New York Department of Labor.
Seven Latina factory workers on January 5, 2018 filed a sexual harassment suit against Ideal Snacks Corp citing numerous instances of gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation by its managers and supervisors.
Latinos favor spending on rehabilitation programs and treatment over prisons and police in response to their significant concerns over the criminal justice system and their public safety. More than 50% of Latinxs are convinced that police use deadly force unjustly against their community and a wide majority of Latinas feel less safe since President Trump was elected. As a measure of Latino support of reentry in general, over three-quarters of Latinxs also support restoring the vote to people convicted of crimes.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF commissioned a national poll of Latino community members to document their experiences and opinions about the criminal justice system. Conducted by Latino Decisions, the poll is the first of its kind within the Latinx community and it reveals data on Latino concerns about public safety, police relations, solutions to the problems they face in the criminal justice system, and their own experiences with crime and policing. As the country continues to address criminal justice reform this national poll highlights how Latino communities are an indispensable ally in the efforts to secure a fair, restorative and comprehensive approach to public safety.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 45 of the nation’s preeminent Latino advocacy organizations which includes LatinoJustice, is calling on Congress to address pressing issues facing the Latino community before adjourning until the new year. Congress must pass a measure to fund the federal government beyond December 22 in order to avoid a federal government shutdown.
Building on the foundation of the City’s historic “women and workplace” hearings of the 1970s which catalyzed a national movement to recognize and address sexual harassment in the workplace, New Yorkers from a variety of industries will testify today on their experiences of sexual harassment and challenges in reporting it
National press conference call with the family of Francisco Serna and community members marking the one-year anniversary of his death. The press conference will take place ahead of a local community vigil on Saturday, highlighting the high number of deaths by Kern County police and the lack of accountability by the local government. Speakers will also address the role of the Latinx community, nationally and locally, in responding to issues of police violence and criminalization.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.