Some 1,500 supporters gathered at the SPLC's Montgomery, Ala., office to celebrate the organization's 40th anniversary and look ahead to the challenges of the future. They came from across the country – a community of people united in their commitment to equality and justice and dedicated to pursuing those ideals through the SPLC and in their own lives.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission today filed suit against Signal International, LLC, accusing the company of abusing hundreds of foreign guestworkers lured to work in the United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This government action reinforces the trafficking and abuse claims we brought against the company three years ago.
Carina, an immigrant woman who spent a half dozen years working in the fields, recently spoke about her experiences during congressional briefings in Washington as part of the Southern Poverty Law Center's national campaign to raise awareness about the sexual exploitation of immigrant women in the food industry.
The bullying of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students is a severe, nationwide problem – one made more difficult by the reluctance of many school districts to take strong steps to prevent it. Nearly nine out of 10 LGBT students experienced harassment in 2009, according to a survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which sponsors the National Day of Silence.
The SPLC sent a letter to the Durham Public Schools superintendent today on behalf of more than 6,000 students with limited English proficiency (LEP) and their families. The letter describes pervasive discrimination against Latino students throughout the district.
Throughout April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, my colleagues and I will be meeting with policymakers to discuss this issue. We will also host “Know Your Rights” events across the country to inform immigrant women about their legal rights – giving them the tools to speak out and seek justice.
Controversy over a proposed Islamic cultural center in New York City appears to have stoked an increase in hate crimes and other bias incidents directed at Muslims in America, according to congressional testimony submitted today by Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen.