On April 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, a case brought by 26 states a case challenging President Obama’s November 2014 executive action on immigration known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Plus (expanded DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The Obama administration’s expansion of DACA and implementation of DAPA initiatives were stopped by a federal district court in Texas from going into effect in February 2015 , and that court’s order subsequently was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last Fall. Late last year the federal government appealed the case to the Supreme Court.
For the past 40 years, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has been litigating precedent-setting impact cases across the country and changing the way Latinos live their lives in the United States and the way our country has lived up to its ideals. Through litigation, advocacy and education, LatinoJustice PRLDEF works to protect opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in school and work, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. As a civil rights organization, we write to express our concern over the increased incidence of hate crimes against Latinos.
Florida Must Restore Voting Rights of Those Improperly Purged
LatinoJustice PRLDEF protected your right to vote during 2008 and 2010 elections and we're ready to do it again. Our attorneys and staff responded to Spanish-language voter concerns from across the East Coast at a national call center, and were on the ground in several counties ensuring that Latino voters received the access and assistance that they are guaranteed by law.
Asian American and Latino Workers Sue Korean Restaurant for Labor Violations and Get Temporary Restraining Order Blocking Boss from Retaliating
Florida's Orange County’s new Commission redistricting map is discriminatory and violates the civil rights of Latinos by diluting their voting strength, according to a lawsuit filed by several Orange County residents.
On January 18th, 2012, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Vartelas v. Holder, a case that raised the question of whether the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which strips lawful permanent residents of the United States of the right to travel abroad briefly and be guaranteed reentry, can be applied retroactively to a green-card holder who pleaded guilty to an offense before 1996 and traveled abroad thereafter.
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.
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.
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.
Sen. Little’s lawsuit seeks to have the new legislation struck down, the effect of which would require legislative districts – most notably her own, which contains 12,000 incarcerated persons – to include prison populations in their apportionment counts to the detriment of all other districts without prisons.LatinoJustice, as part of a group of organizations representing three nonprofit groups including NAACP NYS Conference, Common Cause of NY, and Voices of Community Activists and Leaders – NY (“VOCAL-NY”) and fifteen voters from both urban and rural districts, has moved to intervene.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF protected your right to vote during this year’s elections. Our attorneys and staff responded to Spanish-language voter concerns from across the East Coast at a national call center, and were on the ground in several counties ensuring that Latino voters received the access and assistance that they are guaranteed by 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.
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.
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.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF, along with Casa de Maryland and Nixon Peabody LLP filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Maryland, alleging that Frederick County Sheriff's officers violated the civil rights of a Latina woman who was doing nothing more than quietly sitting and eating her lunch in a public area.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF has filed a civil rights action on behalf of a Latino family alleging that the Prince William County police forcibly entered their home without cause and used excessive force.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF helped Latino tenants in Plainfield, NJ win a major legal victory this past spring, when a Federal judge dismissed a civil racketeering (RICO) claim brought by a well-known anti-immigrant group against a private landlord, charging that its renting of apartments to Latino immigrants constituted “harboring.”