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Nearly 100 people have been murdered by active users of Stormfront, the foremost racist website, over the last five years. A similar racist forum was used extensively by the neo-Nazi charged with killing three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home in Kansas.

The number of far-right extremist groups fell significantly in 2013 for the first time in a decade, the SPLC found in its annual count, released today. But with a total of more than 2,000 groups, the radical right remains at historically high levels.

After the SPLC took action to protect a transgender teen’s rights, the La Feria Independent School District in Texas has agreed to allow his tuxedo photo to appear in the yearbook along with the other students in his class.

The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers to the United States and forcing them to work under barbaric conditions.

In what is believed to be a first in Alabama, a judge in Mobile County, Alabama has granted standard visitation rights to a lesbian mother without any overnight restriction on unmarried partners. 

Poultry workers in Alabama often suffer significant injuries as they endure grueling, dangerous working conditions and frequent threats of deportation or firing, a problem that could grow worse under proposed new USDA regulations, according to a report by the SPLC and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

The SPLC and a coalition of human rights groups are calling on public officials not to attend the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because its host, the Family Research Council, has spread demonizing lies about the LGBT community, and because one of its co-sponsors, the American Family Association, has linked homosexuality to the Holocaust. 

A federal appeals court today blocked key provisions of Alabama and Georgia's anti-immigrant laws sending a strong message to Alabama and other states that they cannot enact hate-filled laws to try to drive people from their borders.

The SPLC is observing TDOR to honor the lives lost to hate crimes and is fighting for the rights of transgender Americans; people like Ashley Diamond, a 34-year-old African-American woman currently incarcerated in a men’s prison in Georgia.

Alabama has agreed that it will not publish a list naming immigrants allegedly “unlawfully present” in the state. The settlement agreement blocks the final provision of the state’s harsh anti-immigrant law that the SPLC challenged in court.