New York, NY—Twelve legislative seats in the New York State Assembly and State Senate are currently vacant, depriving approximately 1.8 million New Yorkers, over 800,000 of whom are people of color, of their fundamental right to representation.
During a time when the racial composition of the student composition in the city’s public schools continues to receive public scrutiny, the number of black and Hispanic students being admitted to NYC’s most selective high schools continues to decrease.
As the California Supreme Court cleared the way for the first undocumented immigrant to be publicly sworn in as a licensed attorney earlier this month, a new report from NYU Law School’s Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF argues that state and federal policymakers and courts should ensure that undocumented law graduates across the country have the same opportunity.
While Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that the city would take the legal steps necessary to drop its appeal of the various Stop and Frisk cases, there still remains work to be done to correct unconstitutional practices in the police department and restore confidence among Latino and Black citizens, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF was named by New York Daily News, as one of New York City's most influential Latinos for his civil rights and advocacy work.
Rico Piccard, a well-known activist in the Puerto Rican and Latino community of Orlando, Florida, passed away this morning. A member of numerous community groups, including Frente 436 which he co-founded, Rico was a mainstay in multiple battles over voting rights, arm in arm with LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
An appeals court’s hold on implementing reforms to the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices sends a dangerous message that the Department can continue its practice of targeting Black and Latino youth for stops, according to LatinoJustice PRLDEF.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF and other Civil Rights Groups to Argue that Statewide Purge Program Violates Federal Law
El recién dictamen del Tribunal Constitucional Dominicano negando la ciudadanía a inmigrantes de ascendencia haitiana aun cuando nacieron en la Republica Dominicana tiene paralelos históricos con uno de los peores dictámenes de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos: el caso del esclavo Dred Scott en el siglo diecinueve.
More than 100 law schools and six legal organizations will attend the annual LatinoJustice PRLDEF LawDay event this weekend in New York. The event, which brings together almost 350 prospective law students and representatives from law schools around the country, will be held this weekend at Pace University in downtown Manhattan
LatinoJustice has joined with the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and a broad coalition of over 30 national civil rights organizations to submit an amicus brief on behalf of the civil and human rights community in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.
Jazmin Chavez, Latinojustice PRLDEF’s Coordinator of Communications and Digital Outreach, has been recognized as one of 12 Hispanic leaders who are helping to advance Latino communities across the country.
An amicus brief written by Jenner & Block and Latino Justice on behalf of eleven of the nation’s leading Latino advocacy and civil rights organizations and Nebraska Appleseed, was filed last month with the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis asking the court to reconsider its ruling upholding provisions of Fremont, Nebraska’s anti-immigrant ordinance.
Today 100 courageous women paid a price in their demand that Congress enact fair and comprehensive immigration reform: they were arrested as they blocked a major thoroughfare in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC. LatinoJustice PRLDEF applauds each and every one of them as they forced the country to draw attention to the injustices created by our broken immigration system.
Vernon Broderick, a LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board member and Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.
The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in the novel case of Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented law school graduate who has applied to join the California Bar.