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ACLU of La. and SPLC Sue Trump Administration for Illegally Denying Parole to Asylum Seekers
Posted on 31 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, May 30, 2019 "The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully... Read More

SIFI Files Complaint Regarding EOIR Practices at Irwin County Detention Center
Posted on 11 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC SIFI, Mar. 7, 2018 - "We write now to lodge a complaint based on observations of Atlanta Immigration Court hearings for persons detained at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), a privately-operated facility where at any given time, nearly... Read More

Tags: sifi , eoir , irwin , complaint , Atlanta , SPLC

Lawsuit Targets ICE's Use of False Pretenses to Gain Entry to Homes: Morales v. USA
Posted on 12 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"When “police” knock on your door, show you a picture of a “criminal,” and tell you they are looking for him or her, it is reasonable to fling your door wide open. But when it turns out the agents are not police, and they... Read More

Tags: raid , Morales , lawsuit , Atlanta , ICE , SPLC

Culture Shock: The Exploitation of J-1 Cultural Exchange Workers
Posted on 23 Mar 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"They come to experience all America has to offer. They hope to pay their way by working a summer job as they experience a new culture and learn English. They work in our hotels, restaurants, fast-food chains and amusement parks. They work for companies... Read More

J-1 Students in South Carolina Exploited for Cheap Labor - SPLC Complaint
Posted on 28 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC, July 27, 2016 - "Foreign college students who paid thousands of dollars to spend their summer living and working in the United States as part of a federal cultural exchange program were exploited by a labor broker who used the program as a... Read More

Major Human Trafficking Case Goes to Trial: Signal International
Posted on 12 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Opening arguments begin today in a federal lawsuit brought by the SPLC on behalf of guest workers from India who were lured to a Mississippi shipyard by false promises of permanent U.S. residency only to find themselves forced into servitude and... Read More

SPLC Seeks Director for Immigrant Justice Project
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit legal and educational organization, seeks an attorney with substantial experience in workers’ rights and/or civil rights law to lead its Immigrant Justice Project." - SPLC, Sept. 2012 . Read More

Linda Smith, et al. v. Reese McKinney, Jr. - right to marry
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Linda Smith, a U.S. citizen, and “John Doe,” an undocumented immigrant, had been a couple for more than nine years. When they decided to marry, they could not obtain a marriage license from the Montgomery County Probate Office... Read More

Women and children first: legality of ICE raids in southern states scrutinized
Posted on 1 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Teague, The Guardian, Jan. 30, 2016 - " Southern Poverty Law Center says sweeps are targeting solely women and children as a ‘family unit’ brings in $600 for private owners of detention centers compared with $150 for housing a... Read More

Tags: Atlanta , raids , ICE , SPLC

Dear Janet, stop terrorizing kids!
Posted on 18 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano inquiring about ICE raids in Alabama: "Armed ICE agents went to trailer parks and apartment complexes in Fort Payne and Collinsville, entering homes without permission... Read More

Tags: Alabama , raids , ICE , SPLC

Posted on 9 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC, Sept. 6, 2016 - "In response to a complaint by the SPLC, the for-profit company that operates the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia has installed a long-delayed videoconferencing system so that detained immigrants can speak to their attorneys... Read More

Alabama raids to be reviewed by DHS
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A spokesman with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said a review would be conducted on raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers recently targeting [unauthorized] immigrants in Fort Payne and Collinsville. "The... Read More

Tags: Alabama , raids , ICE , SPLC

$11.8 Million Judgment for H-2B Forestry Workers
Posted on 20 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" A federal court has ordered a Georgia forestry company to pay $11.8 million to 4,000 foreign guestworkers who were cheated out of wages while employed by the company – the largest court award to date on behalf of guestworkers. The Southern... Read More

$20M Settlement Reached in H-2B Trafficking Case Against Signal Intl.
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

First, watch this video . - "Daniel Werner, SPLC senior supervising attorney, speaks about the SPLC’s lawsuit against Signal. The legal team received the Public Justice Foundation’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award for its work on the case... Read More

Calls to SPLC Hotline Show Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Creating Humanitarian Crisis
Posted on 12 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Since the Southern Poverty Law Center established a hotline last week to report issues with Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law, we have received more than 1,000 calls, illustrating clearly that the law is on the verge of creating a humanitarian... Read More