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Children's Rights
LGBTQ Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

July 25, 2022

The state of Florida in 2022 enacted House Bill 1557, commonly referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, which bans discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in grades K-3 and restricts such discussions for students through grade 12 based on undefined standards of appropriateness. The...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

July 19, 2022

After a state commission moved a judgeship from a diverse Jefferson County community to majority-white Madison County, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the move.

The lawsuit was filed by...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - GA
Active Case

Date Filed

June 09, 2022

The Cobb County Board of Education in Georgia and state legislators used racial demographic information to “pack” communities of color — particularly Black and Latinx voters — into three of seven school board voting districts to diminish their political power and preserve a white majority on the...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - AL
Active Case

Date Filed

June 08, 2022

Alabama’s absentee ballot program is inaccessible to blind voters and voters with print disabilities. It requires those voters to secure another person’s assistance to complete their absentee ballot – forfeiting their right to vote privately and independently.

The SPLC and its co-counsel...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - FL
Active Case

Date Filed

May 03, 2022

The city of Jacksonville, Florida, in March 2022 adopted racially gerrymandered district voting maps that dilute the voting power of Black residents in city council and school board elections.

On behalf of four civil rights organizations and 10 individuals, the SPLC and its co-counsel...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - MS
Active Case

Date Filed

April 25, 2022

The Southern Poverty Law Center and allied organizations filed a federal lawsuit challenging the voting district lines used to elect members of the Mississippi Supreme Court. The suit contends that the lines, which have not been adjusted in 35 years, dilute the voting strength of Black voters....

LGBTQ Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

April 19, 2022

After Alabama legislators passed a law criminalizing healthcare for transgender children and adolescents, the Southern Poverty Law Center joined a coalition of civil rights advocates to file a federal lawsuit challenging the law on behalf of a group of families, a reverend and two health care...

Economic Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

March 30, 2022

After Mississippi failed to provide COVID-19 vaccine access in an equitable manner, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal administrative complaint describing how the failure violated civil rights law.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Mississippi and other public and...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

January 20, 2022

In August 2020, Neville Christopher Brooks, a legal permanent U.S. resident from Jamaica, was unlawfully detained by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in Florida — not for any alleged criminal activity or for any legitimate immigration enforcement concerns but solely because he was born...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - GA
Active Case

Date Filed

January 07, 2022

After Black Georgia voters saw their voting power weakened by the newly drawn boundaries of three congressional districts, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its co-counsel filed a federal lawsuit challenging the racially gerrymandered districts on behalf of voting rights groups and Georgia...

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