Founded in 1972, LatinoJustice PRLDEF is a national civil rights leader dedicated to protecting the rights of Latinos. LatinoJustice PRLDEF champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with education and advocacy, LatinoJustice protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in work and school, fulfill their dreams and sustain their families and communities. Visit www.latinojustice.org for more information.
While we have been working on Long Island for more than a decade, LatinoJustice opened its first satellite office there earlier this year. Our staff regularly provide our nonprofit and community partners on Long Island with legal advocacy and services to help clients with everything from voting and housing rights to challenging anti-immigrant legislation and defending Latinos against workplace exploitation. Our Know-Your-Rights trainings, community forums, and legal cases have helped tens of thousands of Long Island-based Latinos become more active and engaged members of their communities.
LatinoJustice has been very active in responding to the proliferation of anti-immigrant ordinances and laws that flourished in the absence of federal immigration reform. LatinoJustice filed a complaint (Lozano v. Hazleton) challenging Hazleton's Illegal Immigration Relief Act and successfully stopped that law from ever being implemented. In Aguilar v. ICE, LJP entered into a landmark settlement with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency curbing the unconstitutional discretion of ICE agents to conduct home raids without the informed consent of Latino undocumented families.