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Voting Rights
Voting Rights - LA
Active Case

Date Filed

October 17, 2023

After the Abbeville City Council in Louisiana chose to use a district map that denies equal representation to voters, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Vermilion Parish NAACP to block use of the map.

The federal lawsuit describes how the council-approved...

Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

October 13, 2023

Content warning: The following case summary contains graphic descriptions of a mother almost dying during childbirth.

Ashley Caswell filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in Alabama after her constitutional rights were violated when a notorious county jail restricted her...

Economic Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

August 12, 2019

After Louisiana lawmakers passed legislation to prevent the bail bond industry from paying refunds after overcharging people for more than a decade, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its co-counsel filed a lawsuit.

New Orleans bail bond companies faced the possibility of paying millions...

Criminal Justice Reform
Voting Rights
Voting Rights - MS
Active Case

Date Filed

March 27, 2018

More than a century ago, Mississippi adopted a state constitution that was specifically intended to prevent formerly enslaved people and their descendants from gaining political influence, in part by blocking their access to the ballot box. A provision of that 1890 constitution – a lifetime...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - FL
Active Case

Date Filed

November 30, 2023

On Aug. 9, 2023, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, suspended Monique Worrell, a Democrat, from her elected position as state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties because of his opposition to her...

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...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

November 07, 2019

Decades of research and experience have led to a consensus among mental health practitioners throughout the nation that intensive home- and community-based mental health services are much more effective and less expensive than institutionalizing children and youth who have ongoing mental health...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - MS
Active Case

Date Filed

May 31, 2023

After Mississippi enacted a law that violates the right of residents with disabilities to receive voting assistance from the person of their choice, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its partners challenged the law in federal court.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Disability Rights...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

February 13, 2024

Katie Rinderle, a fifth-grade gifted specialist in the Cobb County School District in Georgia, was fired from her teaching job in 2023 for reading to her class My Shadow is Purple, an age-appropriate picture book about self-acceptance and navigating gender stereotypes.

In...

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