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Jan 30, 2014: City Pledges to Drop Appeal of Stop and Frisk Cases

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.

Jan 16, 2014: Juan Cartagena Named One of New York City's Most Influential Latinos

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.

Nov 25, 2013: LatinoJustice Remembers Rico Piccard

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.

Nov 1, 2013: Appeals Court Block of Stop and Frisk Changes Sends Wrong message to NYPD

An appeals court’s hold on implementing reforms to the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices sends a dangerous message that the Department can continue its practice of targeting Black and Latino youth for stops, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Oct 9, 2013: Florida Voter Purge Lawsuit Heads Back to Court

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and other Civil Rights Groups to Argue that Statewide Purge Program Violates Federal Law

Oct 9, 2013: Paralelos en el derecho a ciudadanía por nacimiento

El recién dictamen del Tribunal Constitucional Dominicano negando la ciudadanía a inmigrantes de ascendencia haitiana aun cuando nacieron en la Republica Dominicana tiene paralelos históricos con uno de los peores dictámenes de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos: el caso del esclavo Dred Scott en el siglo diecinueve.

Oct 3, 2013: More than 100 Law Schools and 350 Prospective Law Students Scheduled to Attend LatinoJustice PRLDEF Law Day

More than 100 law schools and six legal organizations will attend the annual LatinoJustice PRLDEF LawDay event this weekend in New York. The event, which brings together almost 350 prospective law students and representatives from law schools around the country, will be held this weekend at Pace University in downtown Manhattan

Oct 2, 2013: LatinoJustice files amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

LatinoJustice has joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and a broad coalition of over 30 national civil rights organizations to submit an amicus brief on behalf of the civil and human rights community in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Sep 24, 2013: LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Social Media Strategist Jazmin Chavez Named One of MillerCoors’ Líderes of the Year

Jazmin Chavez, Latinojustice PRLDEF’s Coordinator of Communications and Digital Outreach, has been recognized as one of 12 Hispanic leaders who are helping to advance Latino communities across the country.

Sep 17, 2013: LatinoJustice files Amicus Brief in 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider Fremont, Nebraska Hazelton like anti-immigrant ordinance

An amicus brief written by Jenner & Block and Latino Justice on behalf of eleven of the nation’s leading Latino advocacy and civil rights organizations and Nebraska Appleseed, was filed last month with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis asking the court to reconsider its ruling upholding provisions of Fremont, Nebraska’s anti-immigrant ordinance.

Sep 12, 2013: Statement of Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF on the Arrest of 100 Women Engaging in Civil Disobedience to Demand Immigration Reform

Today 100 courageous women paid a price in their demand that Congress enact fair and comprehensive immigration reform: they were arrested as they blocked a major thoroughfare in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC. LatinoJustice PRLDEF applauds each and every one of them as they forced the country to draw attention to the injustices created by our broken immigration system.

Sep 11, 2013: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board Member Vernon Broderick Confirmed by Senate for Federal Court Bench

Vernon Broderick, a LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board member and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Sep 10, 2013: LatinoJustice Joins Civil Rights Organizations in Opposing Gov. Rick Scott’s Plan to resume Florida Voter Purge

The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in the novel case of Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented law school graduate who has applied to join the California Bar.

Sep 4, 2013: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Urges California Supreme Court to Allow Sergio Garcia to Practice Law

The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in the novel case of Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented law school graduate who has applied to join the California Bar.

Aug 12, 2013: Stop-and-Frisk Ruled Unconstitutional; Monitor Assigned to Oversee Major NYPD Reforms

In a win for civil rights, a federal judge ruled that the stop-and-frisk policy of the New York Police Department is unconstitutional and that a federal monitor will be assigned to oversee broad reforms.

Aug 7, 2013: Court Finds Frederick County, MD Sheriff Chuck Jenkins Illegally Detained Latina Immigrant

In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court found that that a state or local law enforcement officer’s suspicion or knowledge that an individual has committed a civil immigration violation without more information does not provide them with probable cause to suspect that the individual is engaged in criminal activity. The court said the officer may not detain or arrest the individual solely based upon a purported civil violation of federal immigration law.

Jul 26, 2013: Federal Court Again Stops Hazleton’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Another federal court has found that the City of Hazleton’s anti-immigrant ordinance is unconstitutional and is pre-empted by federal immigration law.

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