Press Releases

Jan 5, 2016: Latino/a Health and Civil Rights Advocates File Amicus Brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, LatinoJustice joined the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) and leading Latino/a health and civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in support of the petitioners in Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, a case the Supreme Court will hear on March 2 of this year, reviewing two pieces of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, H.B. 2. The law has already resulted in the closure of most of the abortion clinics in the state. The brief was co-authored by Cynthia Soohoo, the CUNY School of Law International Women’s Human Rights Clinic and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP.

Dec 1, 2015: Coalition of Immigration, Civil Rights, Labor, and Social Service Groups Urges Supreme Court to Protect President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

A coalition of 224 immigration, civil rights, labor, and social service groups has filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the Supreme Court to review Texas v. U.S., the case that has temporarily blocked some of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The filing comes less than a month after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction put in place by a Texas federal district court that blocked implementation of protections for millions of immigrants across the country.

Nov 16, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Drug Policy Alliance to Strategize on Drug Policy and Criminal Justice Reforms

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) will convene a roundtable discussion on Latinos and the Criminal Justice System in Washington, D.C. this week. The meeting will be attended by some of the nation’s leading national Latino organizations, including MALDEF, LULAC, NCLR, and the Hispanic Federation, among many others.

Nov 16, 2015: Female Laundry Workers Receive $582,000 In Settlement of EEOC Sexual Harassment Case

Suffolk Laundry Services, Inc. will pay $582,000 to eight former Latina employees to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit. The company also agreed to implement new procedures and training on sexual harassment for all employees to ensure that these abuses do not reoccur in the future.

Nov 12, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Mourns the Passing of Civil Rights Champion Jackie Berrien

Juan Cartagena, President & General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following statement on the passing of attorney Jackie Berrien on Tuesday.

Nov 6, 2015: MALDEF and LatinoJustice PRLDEF File U.S. Supreme Court Brief on Behalf of Latino Organizations Addressing The Importance of Campus Diversity in Fisher v. University of Texas

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Monday in Fisher v. University of Texas on behalf of 25 Texas and national Latina/o organizations, including UT students in support of the race-conscious college admissions plan.

Oct 26, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Lawyer Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Named President of National Lawyers Guild

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, a staff attorney at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, has been named President of the National Lawyers Guild.

Oct 22, 2015: LatinoJustice Applauds Bipartisan Efforts to Establish Reforms to a Broken Criminal Justice System

LatinoJustice PRLDEF supports bipartisan efforts in the U.S. Senate as important first steps to establishing practical and important reforms that will transform a broken criminal justice system.

Oct 15, 2015: Latino Plaintiffs Robbed by Suffolk Police Score Double Victory in Court

The court decided to allow the victims to proceed anonymously with their challenge because of their “reasonable” fears of retaliation. Second, the Court agreed that the drivers could begin discovery on their claims that the SCPD racially profiled, harassed, and failed to provide police services to Latino drivers.

Oct 15, 2015: Immigrants and Advocates: NYS Proposed legislation jeopardizes relationship between immigrants and local law enforcement

Immigrant families and advocates held a Press Conference on Wednesday to express concerns about a NYS bill that will jeopardize important improvements in the relationship between immigrant communities and the police, and will make immigrants fearful to report crimes.

Sep 28, 2015: Civil Rights Groups File Supreme Court Brief Underscoring Equal Protection in “One Person, One Vote” Case

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, together with LatinoJustice PRLDEF and six other civil rights groups, filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Evenwel v. Abbott, which seeks to challenge the “one person, one vote” principle that legislative districts should be based on the total number of people who live within them.

Sep 11, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF mourns the passing of Sara Rios

The entire family at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, our staff, our board, our students and our clients, all mourn the loss of a wonderful spirit, activist, attorney and foundation officer, our very own Sarita Elena Rios.

Sep 3, 2015: Victory: Law Targeting Latino Day Laborers Struck Down in Long Island

A federal district court today affirmed the right of Latino day laborers in Oyster Bay, Long Island to seek work in public spaces, following a lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The decision permanently struck down a town ordinance that prohibited people from soliciting work for violating the First Amendment.

Aug 26, 2015: LJP Mourns the Death of Puerto Rican Icon Miguel "Mike" Rivera

On behalf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF I express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of one of the Puerto Rican icons of New Jersey, Mr. Miguel “Mike” Rivera. New Jersey’s Latino community lost an incredible advocate for justice and respect for the state’s vibrant Latino family.

Jul 28, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Urges Federal Government to Immediately Address Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis

LatinoJustice PRLDEF joins the calls for the United States government to address the economic crisis now plaguing Puerto Rico. As an organization with over 40 years working in the Puerto Rican community both in the United States and in Puerto Rico, we have seen the application of unjust laws and practices to people of Puerto Rico and today see the resulting disastrous economic consequences of them.

Jul 17, 2015: NHLA Calls for Immediate Federal Intervention to Help Puerto Rico

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) issued a letter to President Obama, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell calling for action in Puerto Rico. LatinoJustice is one of the 39 signatories calling for action.

Jun 24, 2015: LatinoJustice Commends Introduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act

LatinoJustice PRLDEF thanks the sponsors of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (“The Advancement Act”) for boldly introducing a bill that responds effectively to the Supreme Court opinion in Shelby County v. Holder. The Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 is a direct response to the Court’s call for contemporary voting rights protections, with narrowly tailored remedies designed to address modern violations and discriminatory practices.

Jun 19, 2015: Statement about Terrorist Attack in Charleston

The shooting in Charleston has left the nation in shock once again at the violence and terrorism that has been fostered on the families who were torn apart simply because of their race. While we applaud President Obama’s swift action to open a hate crimes investigation, this is not enough.

Jun 18, 2015: Statement About Immigration Crisis in Dominican Republic

Juan Cartagena issued a statement about the immigration crisis in the Dominican Republic

Jun 15, 2015: LatinoJustice PRLDEF Honors Latina Trailblazers

More than 200 supporters are expected Tuesday, June 16 to honor a host of successful and inspiring Latina Trailblazers at the LatinoJustice PRLDEF Sixth Annual Women’s Awards Breakfast at the Yale Club of NY. The Sixth Annual event honors Latinas who are leaders in their field, in our community and nationwide.

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