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Feb 2, 2012: Latinos Stand to Lose the Most if Present District Lines are Used for Redistricting

Latinos in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit to prevent the state from using decades-old lines for redistricting, claiming the lines are unconstitutional, harm Latino voters and cause an inequality in opportunities for Latinos to elect representatives of their choice.

Jan 24, 2012: Unity Maps for NYC

LatinoJustice PRLDEF proposed the "Unity Map," a joint effort with The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Institute for Latino Policy, and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. The map redraws district lines to take into account New York City's Asian-American, Latino, and black populations.

Jan 23, 2012: Robert Carter and Gordon Hirabayashi: Two Civil Rights Giants Remembered

During the very first week of the new year of 2012 came news of the loss of Robert Carter and Gordon Hirabayashi, two giants in this country’s civil rights movement and two beacons of light for the Latino community. They died only one day apart.

Jan 16, 2012: Amicus Brief for Vartelas v. Holder

On January 18th, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Vartelas v. Holder, a case that raised the question of whether the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which strips lawful permanent residents of the United States of the right to travel abroad briefly and be guaranteed reentry, can be applied retroactively to a green-card holder who pleaded guilty to an offense before 1996 and traveled abroad thereafter.

Jan 14, 2012: Hamptons laundry faces sexual harassment suit

A federal agency is suing a Southampton commercial laundry service, claiming the company "created a sexually hostile work environment" for its female employees and then retaliated against them when they complained -- in some cases by firing them.

Dec 22, 2011: Amicus Brief for Magner v. Gallagher

In an amicus filed in the case Magner v. Gallagher, LatinoJustice joined the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Equal Rights Center and several other national civil rights organizations in urging the Supreme Court to find that the Fair Housing Act is properly interpreted to authorize disparate impact claims.

Dec 21, 2011: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Files Complaint on Behalf of NY Latino Voters in Redistricting Case

On December 27, 2011 LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed a Complaint-In-Intervention in Favors v. Cuomo on behalf of five Latino voters urging the Brooklyn Federal Court to adopt a redistricting plan that provides Latino voters in New York with equal political representation. to ensure that Latino voting interests are adequately represented.

Dec 21, 2011: Amicus Brief for Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs

LatinoJustice PRLDEF joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and Leadership Conference on Race and Human Rights in filing an amicus brief opposing the imposition of life sentences without parole on juvenile offenders in the Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dec 2, 2011: Taking a Stand for Freedom and Against Attempts to Disenfranchise Latino Voters

The right to vote is currently under attack: 34 states have introduced legislation that would make it harder to vote.Join LatinoJustice PRLDEF in Standing for Freedom and marching against attempts to disenfranchise Latino voters.

Dec 2, 2011: Albany Judge Upholds Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

New York Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine today upheld New York’s law ending prison-based gerrymandering in the Little v. LATFOR lawsuit.

Oct 12, 2011: LatinoJustice & Civil Rights Coalition File Lawsuit Against South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

LatinoJustice, PRLDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups today filed a lawsuit against South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, charging it is unconstitutional, invites racial profiling and interferes with federal law.

Sep 28, 2011: Federal Court Ruling in Alabama Undermines Fundamental American Values

The federal court’s ruling today, in HICA et al. v Robert Bentley, et al., blocked significant elements of the nation’s most extreme anti-immigrant law but also left large parts in place, undermining the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality and devastating thousands of Latinos and others across the state including citizens, lawful immigrants, and immigrants without lawful status alike.

Sep 14, 2011: DOJ to Suffolk County: Treat Latinos Equally

The Suffolk County Police Department should step up its response to hate crimes, treat Latinos equally, and reform its procedures according to recommendations from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Aug 4, 2011: Court Says Police Not Immune to a Suit if they Knowingly Violate Constitution

In a case in which local police brutally entered a Latino home with no warrant and no consent, an appellate court decided that officers were not immune from a suit if they knowingly violate the Constitution.

Aug 1, 2011: Court Rules Case Challenging Legality of ICE Raids Can Move Forward

A federal court ruled today that a case alleging that the government’s immigration division conducted systematic, warrantless raids on Latino homes could move forward.

Jul 27, 2011: LatinoJustice Supports Creation of New Fl. Congressional District

LatinoJustice PRLDEF unveiled plans to create a congressional district in Central Florida with a population that included a significant number of Latinos.

Jul 26, 2011: LatinoJustice urges EEOC to investigate discriminatory background checks

LatinoJustice PRLDEF President and General Counsel Juan Cartagena testified at a hearing of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington this morning, urging EEOC members to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the discriminatory aspects of the commercial criminal background check industry.

Jul 21, 2011: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Asks Court to Block Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Southern Poverty Law Center and a coalition of other civil rights groups filed a motion today asking a federal judge to block Alabama’s anti-immigrant law from taking effect Sept. 1.

Jul 7, 2011: LatinoJustice to co-host Capitol Hill briefing on human rights abuses in PR

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Institute for Latino Policy will hold a public briefing on July 12 to address ongoing First Amendment, police misconduct and other human rights abuses against U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico.

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