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As the U.S. Senate deliberates Senate Bill 744 to reform the nation's immigration policies, the SPLC today unveiled an advocacy campaign to raise awareness of how U.S. companies are exploiting foreign guest workers. Advocates, researchers, policymakers and journalists can now access the Campaign for Guest Worker Justice online resource center for data, video, court cases and reports documenting the abuses faced by these workers.

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. 

 

When M.C., who was born with an intersex condition, was just 16 months old and in the care of the state of South Carolina, doctors performed sex assignment surgery to make him a girl. Now 8, M.C. identifies as a boy. This first-of-its kind lawsuit charges that the surgery violated his constitutional rights.

A Louisiana school district at the center of a federal civil rights investigation prematurely pushes students out of classes for English language learners and ultimately “stifles educational opportunities” for these students, according to new findings uncovered by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

The SPLC issued a statement today in response to the efforts by immigration reform opponents to exploit the Boston Marathon bombings in an effort to derail reform legislation.

 

 

With today's introduction of a bipartisan immigration bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at overhauling the nation’s broken immigration system, the Southern Poverty Law Center called for immigration reform that protects the human and civil rights of low-skill workers.

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center joined poultry workers, advocates and others gathered outside U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt’s district office in Gadsden, Ala., today to urge him to block new poultry industry regulations that threaten the health and safety of workers and consumers across the country.

The SPLC today urged Alabama’s top public school official to address the widespread failure of schools and districts to comply with state and federal law when they request Social Security numbers for enrollment – a practice that chills enrollment of immigrant students in public schools.

Responding to complaints of pervasive anti-LGBT harassment at the Moss Point School District in Mississippi, the SPLC today demanded that school officials act to protect LGBT students or face a federal lawsuit. 

Though lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students are harassed at twice the rate of other students, a few purposeful steps can help transform a school into a safer place for all students, according to a guide released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project.