Press Releases

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.

Dec 16, 2008: Perez-Santiago et al. v. Volusia County

Latino voters came out in record numbers to choose our next President in the 2008 elections, but a significant number of those voices were silenced when Spanish-speaking voters did not receive the language assistance they needed and are entitled to by law.

Nov 9, 2008: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls Upon US Attorney to Investigate the Killing of Marcello Lucero

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has called upon the Department of Justice to commence an independent investigation into the killing of Marcello Lucero on November 8. Lucero was killed in Patchogue, Long Island after being attacked by seven men.

Oct 30, 2008: National Civil Rights Group Announces Unprecedented Voter Assistance and Protection Effort for Election Day

LatinoJustice PRLDEF has launched an unprecedented voter assistance and protection effort on behalf of Latino voters on the East Coast. More than 100 Spanish speaking lawyers have volunteered to answer calls on Election Day.

Oct 9, 2008: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls on DOJ to Deploy Monitors to Protect the Latino Vote

LatinoJustice PRLDEF called on the U.S. Attorney General today to deploy federal monitors to protect Latinos voters from being denied their right to vote.

Oct 6, 2008: Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund is now LatinoJustice PRLDEF

The Board of Directors of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund announced today that after 37 years it will change its name to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

Apr 30, 2008: LatinoJustice connects hundreds of students and young leaders for May 1 action

The next generation of Latino leaders has a new tool to help them get involved in the fight for civil rights. LatinoJustice, an online civic engagement network created by the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), connects students and young Latino activists across the country, and helps engage them in the fight for social justice.

Mar 22, 2008: Hazleton Trial Ends and The Mayor’s Message is – Blame the Powerless

The federal trial to stop Hazleton, PA from implementing an ordinance that targets undocumented people ended today with the facts clearly pointing to a mayor bent on promoting a racial divisiveness in his city.

Feb 1, 2008: PRLDEF Urges Osceola School Board to Immediately Change its Unconstitutional Voting System

PRLDEF is urging the Osceola School Board to listen to the voters and immediately create a single-member district system.

Jul 17, 2007: PRLDEF Calls on Osceola School Board to Change Unconstitutional Voting System

PRLDEF is urging the Osceola School Board to change its at-large electoral system, charging that the present system is unconstitutional and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA).

Jun 8, 2007: PRLDEF Calls on Gov. Spitzer to Overturn DMV Rules Denying Driver’s Licenses

PRLDEF is calling on Gov. Eliot Spitzer to allow immigrants who can’t prove residency to get drivers’ licenses, now that a state court ruled that New York officials have the right to deny them licenses.

Dec 15, 2006: Judge in Hazleton suit rules plaintiffs do not have to disclose their immigration status

A federal judge today ruled that the plaintiffs suing Hazleton to stop its anti-immigrant ordinance do not have to disclose their identities or immigration status.

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