Press Releases

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.

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

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