2010 – Arkansas-based Superior Forestry Service Inc. agrees to pay $2.75 million to settle an SPLC lawsuit filed on behalf of guestworkers who were systematically cheated out of their wages. The settlement is one of the largest of its kind.

Superior Forestry

2010 – A settlement agreement is reached in a federal lawsuit the SPLC filed against the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Center in Mississippi. The settlement promises dramatic reforms at the facility. The lawsuit described children locked in cells for 23 hours a day and subjected to the use of pepper spray as punishment.

2010 – The town of Homer, La., settles an SPLC lawsuit filed on behalf of the widow of an elderly black man shot to death by a white police officer in 2009.

2010 – In response to mounting reports of vicious anti-gay bullying and student suicides, Teaching Tolerance releases “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History.” More than 30,000 copies of the documentary film and classroom teaching kit are ordered by educators within the first three months.


Lilia Ixtlahuaca Martinez was attacked by a plant manager and had to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

2010 – The SPLC wins a $250,000 settlement for Mexican immigrants who were jailed and turned over to immigration authorities after demanding pay withheld by their employer at a Tennessee cheese factory. The case established an important legal precedent for worker rights.

2010 – The SPLC releases Injustice on Our Plates, a report finding that immigrant women working in the U.S. food industry routinely endure sexual harassment, wage cheating and other abuses.

2010 – A North Carolina company agrees to pay $230,000 to settle an SPLC lawsuit on behalf of a Latina factory worker who was brutally assaulted by a plant manager after she had earlier reported his sexual harassment to company officials.

2010 – New Orleans schools agree to reform security policies to protect students from handcuffing and shackling after the SPLC sues on behalf of a first-grader who was handcuffed by an armed security officer.

2011 – The SPLC launches a legal challenge to harsh state anti-immigrant laws, filing federal lawsuits against the states of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.  

2011 – Forty years of fighting hate, seeking justice and teaching tolerance are celebrated at the SPLC’s office in Montgomery, Ala., where some 1,500 supporters gather for an anniversary event celebrating the organization’s achievements and charting the challenges ahead.

SPLC 40th Anniversary Celebration Closing Session
SPLC supporters at the closing session of the 40th Anniversary Celebration.

2011 – A settlement agreement is reached in a federal lawsuit the SPLC filed on behalf of a Latino man who suffered broken bones in his face when he was arrested and beaten by police officers during a 2010 traffic stop in Smyrna, Ga.

2011 – Teaching Tolerance releases Teaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education 2011, a report finding that most states fail at teaching students about the civil rights movement.

2011 – The SPLC launches a national campaign to stop the use of “reparative therapy,” a discredited practice that claims to change the sexual orientation of LGBT people.


High school students Desiree Shelton and Sarah Lindstrom participate in their school's "Snow Days" royalty court.
2011 – The public school district in Durham, N.C., agrees to end discriminatory practices that created a hostile environment for Latino students, following a federal civil rights complaint filed by the SPLC.

2011 – A settlement agreement is reached to pay $1.5 million to more than 1,500 foreign guestworkers owed back wages by an Arkansas agricultural company. The agreement with Candy Brand is one of the largest settlement agreements ever reached against a single employer of foreign guestworkers.

2011 – Less than 24 hours after the SPLC files suit, the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota restores the rights of two lesbian students denied participation in a school function.

2011 – The SPLC wins access to youths held at the abusive Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center in Jackson, Miss. A federal judge finds that facility officials can no longer block lawyers and advocates from meeting with detained children and teens.

2011 – A settlement agreement is reached to improve conditions and stop abuses at Mississippi’s Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center. The facility, located in Hattiesburg, agrees to comply with federal law requiring that children at the center be allowed access to lawyers and civil rights advocates.