Press Releases

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.

Jul 12, 2017: Transparency Victory: NJ Supreme Court Largely Sides with Police Accountability

“LatinoJustice joins with our colleagues at the ACLU-NJ in cheering the unanimous decision issued by the New Jersey Supreme Court today concerning police accountability in North Jersey Media Group v. Lyndhurst, a pivotal case that will play a large role in shaping police transparency in New Jersey.”

Jul 11, 2017: Tale of Two New Yorks Endures under de Blasio as NYPD Continues Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests

New York, NY: A new report released today by the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, commissioned by the Drug Policy Alliance, shows that marijuana possession arrests under Mayor de Blasio continue to be marked by extremely high racial disparities, as was the case under the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations.

Jul 10, 2017: Fifteen Puerto Rican Farmworkers File Lawsuit for Discrimination and Workplace Violations

Fifteen Puerto Rican farmworkers who were recruited to work in Michigan, housed in inhospitable conditions, paid and treated unfairly and were all fired after repeated comments comparing them to other Latino workers, filed a lawsuit charging discrimination and labor abuses in violation of state and federal statutes.

Jul 10, 2017: New Drug Policy Alliance Report: It's Time for the U.S. to Decriminalize Drug Use and Possession

An unprecedented and wide-ranging coalition of powerful stakeholders is calling for an end to the widespread practice of arresting people solely for drug use or possession. A press teleconference this Tuesday will be accompanied by the release of a new Drug Policy Alliance report, endorsed by over 30 organizations, that lays out a roadmap for how U.S. jurisdictions can move toward ending the criminalization of people who use drugs.

Jul 7, 2017: LatinoJustice Urges Port Chester to Reject Plan to Work with ICE and They Do

Port Chester Village board members announced Wednesday that they would not enter into an agreement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which would have required the police department to provide information about residents to ICE agents.

May 22, 2017: Statement of Juan Cartagena In Support of the National Puerto Rican Parade Recognizing Oscar Lopez Rivera

Throughout the last six years LatinoJustice PRLDEF supported the commutation of the disproportionate criminal sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera. His original sentence of 55 years for conspiracy to commit sedition and, subsequently, 15 additional years for conspiracy to escape were both grossly disproportionate with other sentences emitted by federal courts at the time. With over 35 years of incarceration, 12 of them in solitary confinement, we easily concluded that the only purpose of jailing Lopez Rivera was retribution, pure and simple. Given his age and the inordinate length of the sentence it was equally clear that he was sentenced for his political beliefs.

May 17, 2017: LatinoJustice Opens Satellite Office in Touro Law Center in Long Island

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national leader in the fight for Latino civil and human rights, has opened up a satellite office located at the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Randolph Hearst Public Advocacy Center in Central Islip. The office is staffed by a legal fellow and a community organizer, and will also be used by LatinoJustice’s NYC-based legal staff working in Long Island.

May 8, 2017: LatinoJustice & Dēmos File Amicus in Supreme Court Case Challenging Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law under the Voting Rights Act

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (“LatinoJustice”) and Dēmos submitted an amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of a petition for certiorari challenging Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager Law, Public Act (PA) 436, arguing that laws which remove governmental authority from locally-elected officials in municipalities that have disproportionately large minority populations are discriminatory and subject to scrutiny under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and that the Sixth Circuit ruled in error below by failing to examine the statute under Section 2’s totality of circumstances test. The amici are represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Apr 28, 2017: Westchester Activists Urge DA to Create Special Unit to Serve Immigrant Community

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Hudson Valley Community Coalition and the Westpac Foundation have sent a letter to Westchester District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino urging him to create an Office of Immigrant Affairs to better serve Latina/o/x’s and other immigrant residents in the lower Hudson Valley.

Apr 11, 2017: National Experts on Latinos & Criminal Justice Reform will Convene in Orlando

More than 30 scholars, reformers, activist, lawyers and policy analysts will gather in Orlando on April 18-19 to discuss issues around Latinos and the criminal justice system. The free, open-to-the-public convening will cover topics such as the death penalty, felon disenfranchisement, bail reform, drug policy, and ICE raids and detainers.

Apr 10, 2017: LatinoJustice Hires New Lawyer for Orlando Office

Kira Romero-Craft, an experienced lawyer in immigration and juvenile justice issues, has joined LatinoJustice PRLDEF as an associate counsel. Romero-Craft will be based in the organization’s Orlando office serving the entire Southeast region of the country.

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