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Dec 22, 2011: Amicus Brief for Magner v. Gallagher

In an amicus filed in the case Magner v. Gallagher, LatinoJustice joined the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Equal Rights Center and several other national civil rights organizations in urging the Supreme Court to find that the Fair Housing Act is properly interpreted to authorize disparate impact claims.

Dec 21, 2011: Amicus Brief for Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs

LatinoJustice PRLDEF joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund, the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, and Leadership Conference on Race and Human Rights in filing an amicus brief opposing the imposition of life sentences without parole on juvenile offenders in the Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dec 21, 2011: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Files Complaint on Behalf of NY Latino Voters in Redistricting Case

On December 27, 2011 LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed a Complaint-In-Intervention in Favors v. Cuomo on behalf of five Latino voters urging the Brooklyn Federal Court to adopt a redistricting plan that provides Latino voters in New York with equal political representation. to ensure that Latino voting interests are adequately represented.

Dec 2, 2011: Albany Judge Upholds Law Ending Prison-Based Gerrymandering

New York Supreme Court Justice Eugene Devine today upheld New York’s law ending prison-based gerrymandering in the Little v. LATFOR lawsuit.

Dec 2, 2011: Taking a Stand for Freedom and Against Attempts to Disenfranchise Latino Voters

The right to vote is currently under attack: 34 states have introduced legislation that would make it harder to vote.Join LatinoJustice PRLDEF in Standing for Freedom and marching against attempts to disenfranchise Latino voters.

Oct 12, 2011: LatinoJustice & Civil Rights Coalition File Lawsuit Against South Carolina’s Anti-Immigrant Law

LatinoJustice, PRLDEF, the American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights groups today filed a lawsuit against South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law, charging it is unconstitutional, invites racial profiling and interferes with federal law.

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.

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