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Criminal Justice Reform
Active Case

Date Filed

September 05, 2019

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) places hundreds of children in solitary confinement on any given day. The SPLC, Florida Legal Services and the Florida Justice Institute filed a federal class action lawsuit to end the use of solitary confinement in the state’s juvenile detention...

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

August 19, 2019

Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were denied adequate health care and disability accommodations while being held in 158 immigrant prisons across the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies filed a federal class action...

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

November 09, 2018

After the Trump administration declared migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry ineligible for asylum, the SPLC filed a federal lawsuit challenging the asylum ban.

The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco, charges the administration with violating the Immigration and...

Children's Rights
Active Case

Date Filed

April 16, 2021

After Florida teacher Amy Donofrio refused a request by school officials to remove a Black Lives Matter flag hanging outside her high school classroom, she was reassigned to nonteaching duties and banned from her school’s campus. The Southern Poverty Law Center and its co-counsel, Scott • Wagner...

Hate & Extremism
Landmark Case

Date Filed

June 14, 1984

On March 20, 1981, members of the United Klans of America abducted a young African-American man at random, put a noose around his neck, beat him, cut his throat and hung his body from a tree. The Center sued the Klansmen and won an historic $7 million judgment.

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.

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. Today, a provision of that 1890 constitution – a...

Immigrant Justice
Active Case

Date Filed

July 16, 2019

After Florida passed a law prohibiting sanctuary policies and requiring local police to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, the Southern Poverty Law Center and its allies filed a federal lawsuit challenging the law as unconstitutional and a threat to the state’s most...

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