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I Am Puerto Rican and Black Lives Matter

In 2013, immediately after a jury in Florida exonerated George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin, allegedly in self-defense, three Black women created a new movement on social media. This was the genesis of the digital movement called #BlackLivesMatter which was inaugurated on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Las vidas negras importan

En 2013 inmediatamente después que un jurado en Florida exoneró a George Zimmerman por matar al joven afro-americano Trayvon Martin, supuestamente en auto-defensa, tres mujeres afro-americanas empezaron un nuevo proyecto por los medios sociales. Así fue que el movimiento digital #blacklivesmatter – la vidas negras importan – nació en Twitter, Instagram y Facebook.

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.

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.

News and Events: Credit Check Ban in NYC, Tenants Rights forum and more

Employment credit check band takes effect in New York City - Washington Governor grants rare commutation for Latino inmate and more

News and Events: Florida Redraws Congressional Districts, Protections Reinstated for Home Care Workers and more

A federal court approves key reforms in NYC Stop-and-Frisk Case. Florida legislature redraws Congressional districts. Court reinstate Federal protections to home care workers

News and Events: Law for Black Lives, Youth outreach and more

LatinoJustice interns tell us about their experience at the #LAW4BlackLives conference. Then we hear about two events where we reached out to young people interested in law.

Family Members of New Yorkers Killed by Police Respond to Cuomo’s Latest Comments on Special Prosecutor in Police Killings

In response to Governor Cuomo announcing that he will issue an executive order to authorize the appointment of a special prosecutor for police killings of “unarmed” civilians for one year, a group of the family members of New Yorkers killed by police over past decades, who had led the call for a special prosecutor in all police killings, released the following joint statement.

Long Island Advocates Form Coalition to End Biased and Abusive Policing

Dozens of community members and leaders gathered in front of the New York State Supreme Court in Central Islip today to announce the launch of Long Island United for Police Reform (LIPR), an unprecedented coalition seeking to end bias-based police practices in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Comprised of advocacy organizations, lawyers, community organizers, and families who have been victimized by police misconduct, LIPR will call for accountability, oversight, and transparency in Long Island’s police departments.

21 Latinos Charge Suffolk Police with Condoning Officers’ 10-Year Crime Spree Against Latinos in Federal Class Action Lawsuit

Twenty-one Latinos in Long Island filed a federal class action civil rights lawsuit Thursday, alleging that multiple officers in the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) systematically targeted them and other Latinos for unfounded, race-based stops after which they were either robbed or given unjustified traffic citations.

Garner's Legacy Can Only Be Grand Jury and Prosecutorial Reform

Eric Garner's death cannot be in vain. More so than even the Ferguson Grand Jury verdict, the videotaped killing of Mr. Garner must spur wholescale reform in addressing the use of police abuse and excessive force in our broken criminal justice system.

Justice Reform Collaborative

There is an urgent need to galvanize Latino leaders, activists, academics, and stakeholders in the justice system to acknowledge and address the intersection of Latino communities with policing, drug policy and criminal justice reform. The reality is that Latinos are disproportionally and adversely affected by discriminatory policing and criminal justice practices but rarely involved in shaping their solutions. This harm is real for Latinas and Latinos. Its salience is only dwarfed by the way our country treats African-Americans.

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Calls on Department of Justice to Investigate the killing of Eric Garner

In the wake of a New York grand jury failing to indict a police officer in the death of a Staten Island man, LatinoJustice PRLDEF and a coalition of community advocates are urging the U.S. Department of Justice to undertake a full federal civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Eric Garner, and the New York Police Department’s use of force policies.

Statement of Juan Cartagena on Ferguson Verdict

The tragedy of Michael Brown's death, unarmed and shot by a member of the Ferguson police, is now followed by the tragic failure of the local courts to force the policeman to stand trial. This cannot stand without a measure of accountability. And on that score look no further than the prosecutor’s office.

Drogas: hipocresías repetidas

El anuncio del Alcalde De Blasio y el Comisionado de Policía Bratton de cambiar las prácticas de arrestos por la posesión de cantidades menores de marihuana es importantísimo en el desarrollo de mejores relaciones entre las comunidades latinas y afro-americanas y la policía...

Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latinos

The Department of Justice is being called upon to conduct a full investigation into the unsolved murder and vicious attack against two Latino men four years ago. LatinoJustice PRLDEF is also asking the US Department of Justice to investigate the Suffolk County Police Department’s inability to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Media Advisory: Press Conference- Latino Community Calls on Federal Officials to Conduct A Full and Prompt Investigation into a Vicious Fatal Attack on Latinos and Suffolk Police’s Failure to Protect Latino Community

WEDNESDAY, July 30th, Press Conference: The Long Island community calls on the Federal Government to complete a full investigation of the murder of Jose Sanchez, the failure of the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) to solve his death and demand accountability and oversight into the SCPD.

City Pledges to Drop Appeal of Stop and Frisk Cases

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.

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