Press Releases

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.

Dec 8, 2009: Latino Family Alleges Prince William Police Used Excessive Force

A new civil lawsuit filed in federal court alleges that Prince William County police unjustly raided the home of a Latino family and used excessive force to arrest the parents who were later acquitted of any criminal wrong doing.

Nov 10, 2009: LatinoJustice PRLDEF files lawsuit alleging that Frederick County Sheriff's officers violated civil rights of Latina woman

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, along with Casa de Maryland and Nixon Peabody LLP filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleging that Frederick County Sheriff's officers violated the civil rights of a Latina woman who was doing nothing more than quietly sitting and eating her lunch in a public area.

Aug 25, 2009: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Voting Rights Case Brought By Puerto Ricans Against Volusia County

A decision by a Federal Court in Florida may force several counties throughout Florida to provide Spanish language assistance to voters.

Jun 6, 2009: PRLDEF Launches Action Website to Combat Attacks Against Judge Sonia Sotomayor

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has launched today a rapid response website designed to combat attacks against Judge Sonia Sotomayor as she goes through her confirmation process to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jun 1, 2009: Latinos file lawsuit in Palm Beach County alleging violation of constitutional rights

Latinos in Palm Beach County have filed a lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office and the Palm Beach County Jail alleging that the agencies are violating the constitutional rights of Latinos and others residing in the county.

May 21, 2009: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls Upon DOJ to Investigate Suffolk County Police

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to start an independent investigation of the Suffolk County Police Department.

Mar 5, 2009: Rights groups join LatinoJustice PRLDEF in Human Rights petition against the United States

An unprecedented number of civil and human rights groups have joined LatinoJustice PRLDEF in condemning the United States for violating the human rights of Latinos.

Jan 28, 2009: LatinoJustice PRLDEF supports Suffolk County DA in new indictments

LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s efforts in getting state and federal agencies to investigate hate crimes against Latinos in Suffolk County have resulted in additional charges against the alleged killers of Marcelo Lucero.

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