Economic Justice News

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and Center for Investigative Journalism Request Information About Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board

San Juan, PR – Several rights groups filed a request with the White House, Treasury Department and the Office of Government Ethics on January 26, 2017 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA for information concerning the federal fiscal control board established under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).The Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI) began the comprehensive, public and legal process with the support of LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Center for Constitutional Rights, both based in New York, who are representing CPI with respect to the FOIA requests.

LatinoJustice Seeks $98,000 In Backwages for Undocumented Immigrant Building Worker Under Special State Minimum Wage Law

By day he was a fulltime porter cleaning a Bronx apartment building with over 70 apartments. Juan Valdez (pseudonym used to protect his identity) worked seven days a week for the past six years in exchange for a free room in the basement of the building without receiving any pay from his employer as mandated by law. At night and on his off time, he would collect empty bottles and cans in order to try and earn enough money to buy food.

Testimony before NYC City Council on the Street Vendor Bill

Good afternoon honorable members of the City Council. My name is Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan and I am Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a national civil rights organization engaged in advocacy and impact litigation on behalf of underserved Latino communities along the east coast. Thank you for the invitation to address you today on the important issue of economic justice for working class street vendors, many of whom are Latino and almost all are immigrants.

LJP Update: Protecting Florida Voting Rights, Criminal Justice Convening and more!

In this LJP Update we focus on our work to protect the vote in Florida through Cada Voto Cuenta leading up to the 2016 Election. Then, we recap a convening we helped organize in collaboration with John Jay.

Landmark Settlement in Census Bureau Employment Discrimination Hiring Case Approved

A New York federal court has approved the settlement of a landmark class action in which African American and Latino job applicants alleged illegal background check policies and practices at the U.S. Census Bureau denied them access to more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census. On September 20, 2016, Magistrate Judge Frank Mass of the Southern District of New York approved Plaintiffs’ proposed nationwide settlement agreement with the Census Bureau in Gonzalez et. al v. Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. After six years of complex litigation, Plaintiffs’ motions for class certification, attorneys’ fees and costs, and $10,000 service awards for each of the class agent plaintiffs, were approved without objection.

LJPUpdate: Join us at our 2016 Gala, Law Day, Fight for Day laborer rights and more

In this LJP Update we highlight our ongoing fight for day laborer rights in oyster bay. Also, if you or someone you know is interested in Law School then make sure to check out Law Day. It is a great opportunity to meet with lawyers, law schools and law students.

LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Right to Know Act in NYC Council and more

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! We also have legal updates on the Right To Know Act, Racial bias in jury selection and more!

NYS Senate & Assembly pass Justice for Job Seekers bill

On the last day of the 2015-16 legislative session, the NYS Assembly and the Senate passed the Justice for Job Seekers bill (S.8102/A.10672)! Once signed by Governor Cuomo, the bill will provide meaningful protections to low-wage immigrant workers as they look for work in the state of New York.

Fifteen Puerto Rican Farmworkers File Complaint with the EEOC for Discrimination

Fifteen Puerto Rican farmworkers who were recruited to work in Michigan and were all fired after repeated comments comparing them to other Latino workers, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging discrimination on the basis of their national origin.

LJPUpdate: Meet Jessica Gonzalez, an LJP Trailblazer; DACA recipients can apply for professional licenses and more

Meet Jessica Gonzalez, a #LatinaTrailblazer who advocates for the reproductive rights of Latinas around the country. Then, hear about a recent update that helps DACA recipients work in New York. This and much more in this week's #LJPUpdate.

LSAT Prep Course Registration: Spring-Summer 2016 Classes

The LatinoJustice PRLDEF LSAT prep course is truly unique. Over the past 44 years it has been the first step in countless legal careers. In fact, many of our alumni hold prominent positions in public service at major law firms and in major corporate law departments. Our course provides high quality, intensive instruction that is tailored to ensure students from all backgrounds achieve their best score.

LJPUpdate: Meet a Trailblazer, SCOTUS hears DAPA case and more

In this week's LJPUpdate we introduce you to Damaris Hernández the first Latina partner in Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Then, we recap some of the oral argument that took place at SCOTUS regarding the DAPA and DACA case. This and much more in this week's LJP Update

Seventh Annual Latina Trailblazers Breakfast 2016

Join us in honoring Latinas who, like former LatinoJustice PRLDEF Board member Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, have opened up new professional and political pathways for their peers

Leaders Outline Stakes for Latino Community in Looming Supreme Court Nomination, Launch National Campaign

Members of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of the nation's 40 preeminent Latino advocacy organizations, and Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary (HFJ), a non-partisan network of elected officials, legal, civil rights, labor, academic and political leaders, spoke on the issues at stake for the Latino community if Senate leaders continue to refuse to give full consideration, including a hearing and a vote, to any Supreme Court nominee this year. They also outlined components of a national campaign to urge the Senate to act, including direct outreach to Senators on Capitol Hill and in their home states, events across the country, and social media efforts to mobilize Latino engagement.

NYS Board of Regents Proposal Removes Obstacles to Licenses for Non-­Citizens

Long Island City, NY — The New York State Board of Regents voted this week to begin a process to permit qualified non-­‐citizens to obtain professional licenses. Advocates from CUNY Law, its Center on Latino/a Rights and Equality (CLORE), LatinoJusticePRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) successfully worked to persuade the Board that recent developments in federal and New York State courts removed prior restrictions.

LJP Update: Urging SCOTUS to review Puerto Rico Debt Restructuring, Cesar Vargas Sworn in as Lawyer and more

We filed an amicus brief on behalf of twenty organizations urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow Puerto Rico to move forward with a plan to restructure part of its debt. César Vargas was sworn in as a lawyer on February 5, 2016. Cesar was one of the first DREAMers to graduate from law school and apply for bar admission in New York State. And more.

Cesar Vargas is Sworn in as One of NY’s First DACAmented Lawyers

César Vargas, who was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was 5 years old and eventually graduated from law school, was sworn in as a lawyer today more than four years after passing the bar. Cesar was one of the first DREAMers to graduate from law school and apply for bar admission in New York State.

LJP Update: SCOTUS Takes Up Immigration Case, Still Time to Register for Líderes Event and more

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review United States v. Texas, the case about DAPA and expanded DACA. These executive actions would provide temporary administrative relief to over 400,000 immigrants. Still time for the first Líderes event focused on hate crimes against Latinos. This and much more in the LJP Update.

LJP Update: ICE Raids Update, Líderes Event and more

Latinos across the country are in a state of panic after ICE raids escalation in the 2016. We provide updates and some need to know information. Líderes organize their first event for 2016 focused on hate crimes against Latinos. This and much more in the LJP Update.

Un año de activismo

Vale la pena reflexionar. Eso es lo que debemos de hacer cada fin del año para resumir cuentas, aplaudir lo bueno e identificar lo que nos queda por hacer.

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