Southern Poverty Law Center to Release Report Examining Latino Discrimination, Abuse in the South
April 21, 2009 Booth Gunter (334) 956-8354
Tikia Young (334) 956-8417
Southern PovertyLawCenter to Release Report Examining Latino Discrimination, Abuse in the South
Report to be Released Tuesday, April 21
Montgomery, Ala. – On Tuesday, April 21, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will release a report that examines the experience of Latino immigrants in the South. The report finds that low-income Latinos are routinely the targets of wage theft, racial profiling and other abuses driven by an anti-immigrant climate that affects all Latinos regardless of immigration status. It also offers recommendations for reform.
The report is based on a survey of 500 low-income Latinos – including legal residents, undocumented immigrants and U.S. citizens – at five locations in the South. These locations included Nashville, Charlotte, New Orleans, rural southern Georgia and several towns and cities in northern Alabama.
WHO: Richard Cohen, President, Southern PovertyLawCenter
Mary Bauer, Director, SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Project and report author
WHAT: Telephone news conference to discuss a new report – Under Siege: Life for Low-Income Latinos in the South
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, April 21
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The Southern PovertyLawCenter, based in Montgomery, Ala., is a nonprofit civil rights founded in 1971 to combat bigotry and discrimination through litigation, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.splcenter.org.