Press Releases

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.

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.

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