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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.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on July 23rd affirmed a lower court’s decision to block key components of SB 20, South Carolina’s Arizona-style anti-immigrant law.

Jun 25, 2013: Statement of Juan Cartagena Denouncing the Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Part of the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court today eviscerated the most effective sections of the Voting Rights Act in a decision that will roll back the critically important gains made by Latinos in Section 5 jurisdictions, potentially halting their rising political power.

Jun 24, 2013: Supreme Court Reaffirms That Universities May Consider Racial and Ethnic Diversity as One Factor In Admitting Students

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-1 decision, reaffirmed for now that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in their admission policy.

Jun 21, 2013: Testimony and statement of Juan Cartagena in Support of NJ Senate Bill 2586 & Assembly Bill 3837 The Opportunity to Compete

The bill will ask employers to conduct criminal background checks after an applicant has been interviewed and has received a condition offer for employment. In doing so, the hiring process for all residents is fairer.

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