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Practice Area: Civil Rights & Liberties

Justice for Rafael: An Update

When I met Maria Escamilla at her home in Laredo, Texas last year, one of the first things she said to me was, “I’ve been waiting so long.” In 2009, her son had died while in police custody at the Webb County Jail in Texas. More than 6 years later, no one had been held accountable. But on April 12, the Fifth Circuit ruled that charges against the jailers responsible for caring for Mr. Solis could move forward. At long last, those responsible for Rafael’s death can finally be held accountable.

  • Public Justice Representing Plaintiffs in Challenge to North Carolina ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

    A coalition of animal protection, consumer rights, food safety, and whistleblower protection groups is challenging a North Carolina law designed to deter whistleblowers and undercover investigators from publicizing information about corporate misconduct. Public Justice is representing all of the groups in the coalition.

    Under the law, organizations and journalists who conduct undercover investigations, and individuals who expose improper or criminal conduct by North Carolina employers, are susceptible to suit and substantial damages if they make such evidence available to the public or the press.

Fort Valley State University Title IX Case

Following Public Justice’s threatened Title IX lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, Fort Valley State University reinstated its women’s volleyball team and made programmatic changes to ensure male and female athletes were treated equally. FVSU is a small historically black university located in the central Georgia town…