Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, mourns the passing of Teofilo “Tom” Olivieri on June 5, 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.
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.
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.
As Employment agencies defraud and exploit thousands of job seekers,
low-wage workers demand access to dignified and quality jobs through employment agencies
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.
Commission to Provide Recommendations to Modernize New York State Laws, Protect Youth and Ensure Public Safety
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the California Supreme Court cleared the way for the first undocumented immigrant to be publicly sworn in as a licensed attorney earlier this month, a new report from NYU Law School’s Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF argues that state and federal policymakers and courts should ensure that undocumented law graduates across the country have the same opportunity.
While Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city would take the legal steps necessary to drop its appeal of the various Stop and Frisk cases, there still remains work to be done to correct unconstitutional practices in the police department and restore confidence among Latino and Black citizens, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF was named by New York Daily News, as one of New York City's most influential Latinos for his civil rights and advocacy work.
Rico Piccard, a well-known activist in the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Orlando, Florida, passed away this morning. A member of numerous community groups, including Frente 436 which he co-founded, Rico was a mainstay in multiple battles over voting rights, arm in arm with LatinoJustice PRLDEF.