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Calls to SPLC Hotline Show Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Creating Humanitarian Crisis

"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 crisis for immigrants in the state –...

Linda Smith, et al. v. Reese McKinney, Jr. - right to marry

"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 in Alabama because it denied licenses to couples ...

Dear Janet, stop terrorizing kids!

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 and terrorizing families. Children - citizens and...

SPLC Urges DHS to End Raids Terrorizing Latino Communities in North Alabama

"The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) urged the Department of Homeland Security today to end raids by federal immigration agents that have terrorized north Alabama families and that undermine federal efforts to protect the civil rights of the state’s Latino community in the wake of...

Latinos arrested by ICE in Alabama raids shipped to Louisiana for deportation hearings

"Sheriff Jimmy Harris confirmed the raids and said many were housed at the DeKalb County Detention Center. 'They brought seven to our office one day and eight another day,' Harris said. 'They have all been shipped out to Louisiana.'" - Times-Journal, Dec. 16, 2011 . [NOTE...

Alabama raids to be reviewed by DHS

"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 Department of Homeland Security has directed...

SPLC Seeks Director for Immigrant Justice Project

"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 .

$11.8 Million Judgment for H-2B Forestry Workers

" 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 Poverty Law Center sued Eller and Sons Trees...

Multiple Trafficking, RICO, Civil Rights Violations Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of H-2B Visa Workers

SPLC, May 21, 2013 : " A coalition of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms today began filing a series of federal lawsuits to prosecute multiple human trafficking and racketeering allegations against a Gulf Coast marine services company and its network of recruiters and labor brokers...

Culture Shock: The Exploitation of J-1 Cultural Exchange Workers

"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 with names synonymous with the United States...

Major Human Trafficking Case Goes to Trial: Signal International

"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 living under guard in an overcrowded, unsanitary...

$20M Settlement Reached in H-2B Trafficking Case Against Signal Intl.

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." "A $20 million settlement agreement...

BIA Will No Longer Solicit Amicus Briefs From FAIR

"The federal board charged with reviewing immigration court appeals will no longer request legal briefs from an anti-immigrant hate group to consider in its rulings – a decision that comes shortly after the SPLC and other groups urged the board to stop providing this platform to the Federation...

Women and children first: legality of ICE raids in southern states scrutinized

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 male."

FLSA Lawsuit Recovers Guestworker Wages: Fuentes Cordova v. R&A Oysters

SPLC, Mar. 17, 2016 - "A federal judge this week ordered a Gulf Coast seafood company to pay $30,000 to 18 guest workers whose wages were pushed below the minimum wage by their employer, resolving one of the claims in an SPLC lawsuit. In a separate order last week, U.S. District Judge William H...

J-1 Students in South Carolina Exploited for Cheap Labor - SPLC Complaint

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 source of cheap labor for businesses in Myrtle Beach...

IMMIGRANTS DETAINED IN GEORGIA TO GET BETTER ACCESS TO COUNSEL AFTER SPLC COMPLAINT

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. Earlier this year, the SPLC and...

New SPLC report uncovers abuse and neglect at immigrant detention centers in the South

SPLC, Nov. 21, 2016 - "As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to deport up to 3 million people, an investigation of immigrant detention centers in the South has found that detainees are routinely denied their due process rights and frequently endure inhumane conditions in isolated facilities that...

SPLC: Atlanta Immigration Court Judges Fail to Uphold Ethical Standards

Mar. 2, 2017 - "Atlanta Immigration Court judges are failing to uphold ethical standards that ensure immigrants receive fair and impartial treatment – failures that warrant an investigation, according to the findings of a project by the Southern Poverty Law Center SPLC and Emory University...