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One of the most violent neo-Nazi skinhead groups in the country, Volksfront, may be on the brink of collapse after revelations of its activities in the United Kingdom and other countries appear to have brought its international network to a screeching halt, according to the latest Intelligence Report, released today.

To help protect law enforcement officers and communities from violent extremists, the SPLC has produced a training video that examines the threat of white supremacist prison gangs. More than 60,000 officers will receive the video free of charge along with their issue of the SPLC Intelligence Report.

The SPLC is presenting evidence in a federal court trial in Tampa that children held in the Polk County, Fla., jail were routinely brutalized, subjected to verbal and physical abuse by guards, and denied proper health and rehabilitative services. The case illustrates why children should not be held in adult jails.

Florida prekindergarten programs are violating federal law by turning away children with diabetes and denying them an early childhood education, according to a discrimination complaint filed with the Department of Justice today by the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

School officials told Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student in Texas, that a photo of him in a tuxedo wouldn’t be published in the yearbook because it violated “community standards.” The SPLC is taking action to protect his rights.
Alabama’s vicious anti-immigrant law, which passed in 2011 amid warnings that it was unconstitutional, has been effectively gutted by an agreement the SPLC and other civil rights groups have reached with the state to permanently block key provisions of the law – adding Alabama to a list of states that have seen their anti-immigrant laws stopped by federal lawsuits.

A coalition of human rights groups is calling on members of Congress and other public officials not to speak at the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., because the event host and its key co-sponsor – the Family Research Council (FRC) and the American Family Association (AFA) – have long records of vilifying the LGBT community and spreading other forms of bigotry.

As House Democrats introduced immigration reform legislation this week, the Southern Poverty Law Center urged lawmakers to protect the human and civil rights of vulnerable low-skill workers as they consider ways to bring 11 million immigrants out of the shadows. 

The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit today against the town of Shannon, Miss., its mayor and its aldermen for unjustly denying a business license to a bar catering to the LGBT community.

The SPLC has reached an agreement with Florida’s Polk County School Board that will ensure children held at the Central County Jail receive an appropriate education vital to helping them return to their communities.