The raging national debate over immigration is stoking the fires of racist extremism across the country. Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are ratcheting up the intensity of their bloodthirsty "race war" rhetoric, and violent hate crimes against Hispanics, regardless of their immigration status, appear to be on the rise.
Alvaro Hernandez-Lopez traveled from his home in Guatemala to work in the United States. Like hundreds of other "guest workers," he performs backbreaking, often dangerous, forestry work in the pinelands across the South.
In the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' broken juvenile justice system completely abandoned 150 children locked in the city's adult prison, according to a report by the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJLP).
Two television journalists who were held at gunpoint by Klan officials received compensation from the sale of the Klan leader's house, concluding a six-year legal battle waged by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Migrant farmworker Olivia Tamayo, who endured sexual harassment in the workplace for six years before winning a verdict against her employer, was honored with the first Esperanza Award at a ceremony in Wimauma, Fla.