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LGBTQ Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

June 29, 2023

After Georgia passed a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender adolescents, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its partners filed a federal lawsuit to block the law from taking effect and seek a court order ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

The law, also known as SB 140,...

LGBTQ Rights
Amicus Brief

Date Filed

August 10, 2023

After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit allowed transgender health care bans for adolescents to take effect in Kentucky and Tennessee despite pending legal challenges, the Southern Poverty Law Center joined other advocacy groups urging the court to reinstate orders that had blocked...

Economic Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

March 09, 2018

In Cullman County, Alabama, hundreds of people are routinely jailed before trial due to their inability to pay a bail bond for their release. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its partners intervened in a federal class action lawsuit to end the practice.

The lawsuit describes how the...

Voting Rights
Voting Rights - MS
Amicus Brief

Date Filed

June 13, 2023

After Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation creating a special judicial district within the city of Jackson where judges would be appointed rather than elected – and ultimately disenfranchise Black voters – the Southern Poverty Law Center filed an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit by...

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

Date Filed

November 06, 2022

The Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies filed an emergency lawsuit to ensure that nearly 1,000 absentee voters in Cobb County, Georgia, have enough time to cast their votes in the 2022 midterm elections.

The lawsuit, filed less than 48 hours before Election Day, seeks to send...

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