Press Releases

Jun 29, 2010: PR Government Agrees to Delay Birth Certificate Law

LatinoJustice PRLDEF was informed by reps of the PR government that it will extend the validity of all island-issued birth certificates through the end of September.

Jun 15, 2010: Latino Orgs. go to Court to Stop Implementation of AZ Law

Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070, will not only fuel anti-Latino bias, but it will put the Latino community in a state of permanent lock down, said national Latino organizations in a brief filed on June 15.

May 27, 2010: Public Interest Fellowship/Volunteer Attorney Positions

Public Interest Fellowships and Volunteer Attorney Positions Are Available at LatinoJustice PRLDEF for Fall.

May 26, 2010: PW County Police Brutality Case Press Conference

LatinoJustice and Patton Boggs Hold Press Conference in Prince William County Police Brutality Case

May 18, 2010: NY Day Laborer Orgs. Challenge Anti-Immigrant Ordinance

Two Long Island organizations that protect the rights of Latino day laborers filed a lawsuit today challenging an Oyster Bay town ordinance that violates core constitutional rights of free speech and equal protection under the law, and is intended to drive Latino immigrants from the community.

Apr 30, 2010: Youth activists give voice to NYC’s immigrants with May Day webcast

Young activists from the LatinoJustice Youth Civic Engagement Network will host a live, two-hour webcast from Union Square on Saturday May 1 to give voice to New York City’s immigrants.

Apr 23, 2010: Arizona Law Is Unconstitutional and Will Invite Legal Challenge

A law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer targets Latinos, will result in racial profiling and is unconstitutional. This law, similar to a number of local laws and ordinances LatinoJustice PRLDEF has fought in localities like Hazleton, Pennsylvania, will not withstand judicial scrutiny.

Apr 16, 2010: Lawsuit results in Volusia County Accord

In a case that could have significant impact throughout Florida, Volusia County has agreed to a court-supervised stipulation that will markedly expand Spanish language assistance to voters to settle a voting rights case.

Mar 30, 2010: PR Birth Certificates Causing More Confusion and Trouble for Mainland Residents

The plan by the Puerto Rican government to invalidate all birth certificates is already causing harm to Puerto Ricans and creating confusion among mainland government officials.

Mar 11, 2010: PR Gov. Must Extend Transition for Birth Certificate Law

The governor of PR must extend the transition period of a new law invalidating millions of birth certificates because it causes confusion for government officials and residents on the island and in the mainland.

Mar 11, 2010: Census Critical for Latinos

Experts predict that less than half of Latinos will definitely participate in this year’s census. For every 100 people that go uncounted in the census, a community stands to lose $1.2 million dollars in federal funding over the next decade.

Mar 10, 2010: Latino Leaders Gather to Show their Support for Latino Civil Rights

Leaders of the Latino community from across the Tri-state area will come together on March 23 to show their support for Latino Civil Rights.

Mar 9, 2010: LatinoJustice Assures Latinos that Census Responses are Confidential

Latinos are worried that their answers to the census will be available to immigration officials, law enforcement, and other government authorities.

Feb 8, 2010: Indictment is reminder of pervasive anti-Latino sentiment

The indictment of a NJ man for making threats against LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a reminder of the anti-Latino sentiment present in our society.

Jan 31, 2010: LatinoJustice Launches 2010 Census

LatinoJustice PRLDEF launched an initiative to increase Latino participation in the 2010 Census.

Dec 16, 2009: Del Rio-Mocci v. Connolly Properties Inc., et al

LatinoJustice PRLDEF helped Latino tenants in Plainfield, NJ win a major legal victory this past spring, when a Federal judge dismissed a civil racketeering (RICO) claim brought by a well-known anti-immigrant group against a private landlord, charging that its renting of apartments to Latino immigrants constituted “harboring.”

Dec 16, 2009: Guerrero v. Deane, et al.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has filed a civil rights action on behalf of a Latino family alleging that the Prince William County police forcibly entered their home without cause and used excessive force.

Dec 16, 2009: Title VI Civil Rights Complaint Against Suffolk County, NY

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that they have opened a formal investigation into possible discriminatory policies and practices by the Suffolk County Police Department. The investigation comes after LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s demand that the federal agency look into how the Suffolk Police Department was failing to act and protect Latino residents in the county.

Dec 16, 2009: Martinez v. Regents of the University of California

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, joined by the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, filed an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court urging the court to dismiss a legal challenge to California AB540 which allows qualified students, including undocumented students, to pay in-state tuition rates at California’s public colleges and universities.

Dec 15, 2009: Federal Indictment of Teens and Cops Involved In Hate Crime Murder

Federal prosecutors charged two men who had beaten a Latino man to death with hate crimes in connection with that death and charged four police officers, including the police chief, with covering up those crimes.

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