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Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

May 15, 2020

After the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) failed to adequately respond to public records requests by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the SPLC sued the department for the documents outlining the prison system’s policies for addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in its facilities. The lawsuit...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

April 13, 2020

As the COVID-19 virus threatened the health and lives of people held at immigration detention centers in 2020, the SPLC and its allies filed a federal class action lawsuit seeking the immediate release of all people held at three detention centers in South Florida.

The complaint describes...

Criminal Justice Reform
Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

April 05, 2018

After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Constitution by blocking immigrants in isolated civil immigration prisons from accessing lawyers, the SPLC filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the agency and other high-level federal officials.

The federal lawsuit...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

July 16, 2019

As part of its ongoing war on the nation’s asylum system, the Trump administration declared migrants who travel through a third country before reaching the U.S.-Mexico border are ineligible for asylum. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit challenging this most recent attempt to ban asylum.

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Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

February 21, 2019

On April 5, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, executed the largest workplace immigration raid in nearly a decade, detaining approximately100 Latino workers at an east Tennessee meat...

Children's Rights

Date Filed

August 22, 2012

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Public School System failed to provide adequate translation and interpretation services for Spanish-speaking parents with limited English proficiency and created an environment hostile to Latino students. The school system provided school notices in English to English-speaking parents but failed to provide this information to Spanish-speaking parents in Spanish – discriminating against these students and violating state and federal law. The SPLC filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, resulting in a settlement agreement between the school system and federal authorities.

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

January 10, 2020

After the Trump administration instituted a policy that separated and traumatized thousands of migrant families at the U.S. border, the SPLC and its allies sued the U.S government over the policy.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two immigrant parents separated from their children by...

Hate & Extremism

Date Filed

February 22, 2007

The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and four Klansmen, saying several members were on a recruiting mission for the group in July 2006 when they savagely beat a teenage boy at a county fair in Kentucky. A jury found IKA leader Ron Edwards and two other members responsible for the attack and awarded $2.5 million to the teen. The SPLC moved to seize Edwards’ interest in the IKA headquarters to satisfy the judgment.

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

December 18, 2019

The Trump administration has weaponized the immigration court system to serve its anti-immigrant agenda. Categorizing people fleeing persecution as “invaders,” the government is using the immigration courts to target the asylum system and vulnerable migrants instead of lawfully adjudicating the...

Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

May 30, 2013

Prisoners at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Meridian endured filthy and dangerous conditions at the for-profit prison, which operated “in a perpetual state of crisis” where prisoners were at “grave risk of death and loss of limbs,” even resorting to setting fires to receive medical attention. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the prisoners that described how prison officials had known of these conditions for years but failed to protect prisoners.

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