Press Releases

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.

Aug 30, 2006: Hazleton Residents Ask Judge to Issue Restraining Order Stopping City’s Harsh Anti-Immigrant Law

Hazleton residents asked a federal judge to issue a restraining order preventing the city’s harsh anti-immigrant laws from being put into affect.

Aug 30, 2006: On Eve of Federal Court Hearing, City of Hazleton Agrees to Withdraw Harsh Anti-Immigrant Law

Just as Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund as well as other civil rights groups were about to ask Federal District Court Judge James M. Munley in Scranton, Pennsylvania to stop the City of Hazleton from implementing it harsh anti-immigrant ordinance, the City agreed today to withdraw it.

Aug 14, 2006: Hazleton Residents Sue to Halt Harsh Anti-Immigrant Law in Hazleton, PA

A proposed ordinance that would punish landlords and employers who do business with undocumented immigrants and make English the official language is illegal and should be blocked immediately.

Jun 26, 2006: PRLDEF congratulates coalition that stopped Avon Park anti-immigration ordinance

PRLDEF (Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund) applauds the efforts of civil rights activists, residents and the broad coalition.

Dec 16, 2005: Federal Court Finds That Brookhaven Discriminated Against Latinos in Evicting Day Laborers and Day Laborers

A Federal Court in Long Island issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Town of Brookhaven from continuing a policy of evicting day laborers and their families without prior notice.

Sep 13, 2005: The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) Charges Brookhaven with a Systematic Attack on Latinos and Ask Federal Court to Stop Evictions of Day Laborers

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF) charged the Town of Brookhaven with executing a systematic attack on Latinos in their campaign to evict day laborers from Farmingville.

Sep 13, 2005: PRLDEF Asks Court to Stop All Elections for Kissimmee Commissioner Until the Election Process Is Changed

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) and Orlando lawyers Luis Gonzalez and Darren Soto today asked the federal courts to stop all elections of Kissimmee Board of City Commissioners charging that the election process was in violation of federal law.

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