Press Releases

Jun 7, 2011: Perales Confirmed as Secretary of State for NY

The NY State Senate has unanimously confirmed former LatinoJustice PRLDEF President and General Counsel Cesar A. Perales as Secretary of the New York State Department of State.

Jun 2, 2011: LatinoJustice Applauds Cuomo’s Decision to Stand Up for NY Immigrants’ Rights

Cuomo announced today that the state will suspend New York State’s participation in the controversial federal Secure Communities program, which the state had entered into in 2010 without any prior notice or public input or review.

Apr 26, 2011: Federal Appeals Court Affirms Injunction Against Unconstitutional L.I. Ordinance

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today upheld a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of an ordinance in Oyster Bay, Long Island that violates day laborers’ core constitutional right to free speech.

Mar 16, 2011: LatinoJustice Prepared to Defend Hispanic Voters in NY District 7

LatinoJustice PRLDEF today announced that it is prepared to take legal action to combat any attempts by the state legislature to dilute the numbers of Hispanic voters in New York’s Congressional District 7.

Mar 16, 2011: Cartagena Named New President and General Counsel

LatinoJustice PRLDEF today announced Juan Cartagena as its new President and General Counsel. Cartagena will join LatinoJustice PRLDEF on April 11.

Mar 14, 2011: Our American Dream: Wall Street's Cid Wilson is a Community Juggernaut

Fox News Latino's profile of LatinoJustice Board Member Cid Wilson

Mar 4, 2011: LJ Demands Release of New Jersey Redistricting Maps

LatinoJustice PRLDEF calls upon the New Jersey Apportionment Commission to release all redistricting maps under consideration in order to provide New Jersey Latino residents an opportunity to fully participate in this important process.

Jan 5, 2011: States That Try to Circumvent 14th Amendment Will Face Legal Challenge

Any state that tries to circumvent the 14th Amendment’s American Citizenship Clause with a state law to ban birthright citizenship will face a legal challenge, a national civil rights group announced today.

Dec 21, 2010: Latinos will gain tremendous political influence as a result of 2010 Census count

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that the population of the U.S. grew 9.7 percent to 308,745,538 in 2010, with the biggest growth reported in states with large Latino populations. Latinos stand to gain tremendous political influence with these new numbers.

Nov 19, 2010: Cesar Perales to step down as head of LatinoJustice

Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, announced today that he will be leaving the organization once a successor is identified.

Nov 17, 2010: Voter Protection Project 2010

LatinoJustice PRLDEF protected your right to vote during this year’s elections. Our attorneys and staff responded to Spanish-language voter concerns from across the East Coast at a national call center, and were on the ground in several counties ensuring that Latino voters received the access and assistance that they are guaranteed by law.

Nov 17, 2010: A guide to redistricting

A guide to redistricting

Oct 1, 2010: AZ Law will devastate Latinos if stay is lifted, says new filing

Arizona Law S.B.1070, if implemented, will devastate Latinos all across Arizona. They will be subject to massive racial profiling and daily wrongful arrests. Latino children will be denied schooling and emergency medical care. Hundreds of Latino businesses will go out of business. And all Latinos will become the targets of harassment by anti-Latino activists.

Sep 23, 2010: Judge Approves Settlement in Case that Spurred Government to Speed up Naturalization Process

This week, the US District Court in Manhattan approved a settlement in Milanes v. Holder, the 2008 challenge to the multi-year delays in the naturalization process that were depriving hundreds of thousands Latino and other immigrants the opportunity to vote in the presidential elections.

Sep 21, 2010: LJ Board Member Fernando Bohorquez Named One of MillerCoors’ Líderes of the Year

LatinoJustice PRLDEF board member Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr. has been recognized as one of 12 Hispanic leaders who are helping to advance Latino communities across the country. One leader will be chosen as the MillerCoors Lider of the Year and receive a $25,000 grant for a community leadership project.

Aug 3, 2010: Court Blocks Hazleton's Anti-Immigrant Law

A federal court upheld a ruling that stopped the city of Hazleton, PA from enacting most of the provisions in an anti-immigration law that targeted a growing population of Latinos in the town.

Aug 3, 2010: LatinoJustice Warns VA Gov: Don't Authorize Cops to Ask about Status

LatinoJustice PRLDEF President and General Counsel Cesar Perales sent a letter to Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, warning him that LatinoJustice PRLDEF is prepared to sue the state or any of its agencies if the Governor authorizes law enforcement agents to conduct investigations into the immigration status of persons they stop or arrest.

Jul 15, 2010: Friendly House v. Whiting (Arizona SB1070 Case)

LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed an amicus brief with an Arizona Court on behalf of a number of national Latino organizations who oppose Arizona's SB 1070 law.

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.

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