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For Immediate Release

Maria Archuleta, ACLU, (212) 519-7808 or 549-2666;

Lindsay Nordstrom, ACLU of Arizona, (602) 773-6005

Laura Rodriguez, MALDEF, (310) 956-2425

Adela de la Torre, NILC, (213) 674-2832;

Karin Wang, APALC, (213) 241-0234 or 999-5640

Leila McDowell, NAACP, (202) 463-2940 ext. 1021

ACLU And Nation's Leading Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Arizona's Racial Profiling Law



Monday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. PDT/12:30 p.m. EDT, a coalition of leading
rights organizations will hold a national media call to announce and
discuss the filing of its legal challenge to Arizona's unconstitutional
racial profiling law.

The coalition includes the American
Civil Liberties Union; MALDEF; National Immigration Law Center (NILC);
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP);
the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Asian Pacific
American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center
for Advancing Justice.

Arizona's new law requires police to
demand "papers" from people they stop who they suspect are not
authorized to be in the U.S. and criminalizes immigrants for failing to
carry immigration papers. The unconstitutional law, the groups say,
encourages racial profiling, endangers public safety and betrays
American values.


National Media Call to Announce Filing of Lawsuit Challenging SB1070


Lucas Guttentag, Director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project; Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel of MALDEF; Linton Joaquin, General Counsel of NILC.

Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy of NAACP; Stewart Kwoh, Executive Director of APALC; Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON; Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona and others will also be available on the call for questions.


Monday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m. PDT/12:30 p.m. EDT


United States: (800) 288-8976

International: (612) 288-0340

The American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 and is our nation's guardian of liberty. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

(212) 549-2666