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

For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Maria Archuleta, ACLU, (212) 519-7808 or 549-2666; media@aclu.org
Lindsay Nordstrom, ACLU of Arizona, (602) 773-6005
Laura Rodriguez, MALDEF, (310) 956-2425
Adela de la Torre, NILC, (213) 674-2832; delatorre@nilc.org
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

TELECONFERENCE MONDAY 12:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON - On
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.   




WHAT:

National Media Call to Announce Filing of Lawsuit Challenging SB1070



WHO:

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.



WHEN:

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



DIAL:

United States: (800) 288-8976              

International: (612) 288-0340 

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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