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Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, mourns the passing of Teofilo “Tom” Olivieri on June 5, 2014:

Jun 2, 2014: Gloria Yolanda Rivera 1960-2014

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.

May 20, 2014: Statement of LatinoJustice PRLDEF In Response to Federal Court Decision Denying Voting Rights Challenge to Orange County, Florida Redistricting Plan

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.

Apr 30, 2014: Residentes de Nueva Jersey Piden que la Junta de Servicios Públicos Regule las Tarifas de Llamadas en las Prisiones Locales

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.

Apr 24, 2014: Community Unites to End Employment Agency Scams

As Employment agencies defraud and exploit thousands of job seekers, low-wage workers demand access to dignified and quality jobs through employment agencies

Apr 22, 2014: U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Lower Court, Rules Michigan’s Proposal 2 is Constitutional

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

Apr 2, 2014: Florida Purge Program Was Illegal, Rules Federal Court Eleventh Circuit Rules that Florida's 2012 Purge Violated National Voter Registration Act

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.

Mar 31, 2014: Statement from LatinoJustice PRLDEF President on NY Senate’s Failure to pass DREAM Act provisions

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.

Mar 24, 2014: Suffolk County DA Increases Charges Against Cop Who Targeted Latinos

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.

Mar 18, 2014: New York Voting Rights Organizations Urge Governor Cuomo to Promptly Order Special Election For 12 Vacant Legislative Seats

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.

Mar 14, 2014: Admissions Figures at NYC's Specialized High Schools Show Persistence of Acute Racial Disparities

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.

Feb 25, 2014: New Report Calls for Acces to Law Licenses for Undocumented Law Graduates

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.

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.

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