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Three years after Mississippi agreed to stop the abuse and neglect of children detained at its youth prisons, a new report has found that students at Oakley Training School are being housed in a crumbling facility lacking the staff and planning needed to ensure safety, prevent suicide and address serious mental health issues.

On the brink of the presidential election, candidates John McCain and Barack Obama call America's youth to action and appeal for more community service in exclusive essays written for the Fall 2008 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine. The magazine, which was released today, is being distributed free of charge to more than 400,000 educators nationwide.

An Arkansas forestry company accused of cheating its foreign guestworkers out of their wages has been held in contempt of court for allowing supervisors to threaten workers and spread misinformation about a class action lawsuit filed on the workers' behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Southern Poverty Law Center and more than 40 other advocacy organizations have asked the Department of Homeland Security to scrap proposed regulations that would open the door for more abuse of foreign guestworkers who already face rampant exploitation.

An activist lawyer who for more than 20 years has provided courageous and effective representation to immigrants has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Morris Dees Justice Award.

Nearly 1,500 people filled the historic Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills yesterday to attend the premiere of the SPLC's new documentary, Viva la Causa, which depicts one of the seminal events in the march for human rights — the grape strike and boycott led by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta in the 1960s.

Thousands of students near Montgomery, Ala., walked Thursday, not only to mark Rosa Park's historic act, but to look forward.

Jerry Mitchell, an investigative reporter for The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger, will be recognized tonight at Columbia University for his effort to bring Klan killers to justice.

A former Southern Poverty Law Center client whose case led to the downfall of two of the nation's most militant Klan leaders was recently honored for his advocacy work in rural North Carolina.

The real number of hate crimes in the United States is more than 15 times higher than FBI statistics reflect, according to a stunning new government report.