California Man and Nevada Woman Indicted for Interstate Sex Trafficking

A federal judge in the Southern District of Mississippi unsealed an indictment in which the United States charged a California man and a Nevada woman with one count each of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; and interstate transportation for purposes of prostitution.

Former Memphis Police Officer Indicted for Sexually Assaulting a Female Crime Victim

A former police officer with the Memphis Police Department was charged in an indictment unsealed today in the Western District of Tennessee for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty.

Accused Tops Shooter Charged with Federal Hate Crimes and Using a Firearm to Commit Murder

Today, Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, New York, was charged by criminal complaint with hate crimes resulting in death and hate crimes involving bodily injury and attempt to kill, use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence, and use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The announcement was made by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross for the Western District of New York, and FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate.

Justice Department Secures Settlement in Race Discrimination Suit Against Groveport, Ohio, Board of Education

The Justice Department announced today that it has secured a settlement with the Groveport Madison Local School District Board of Education (the Board) in Groveport, Ohio.

 Justice Department Resolves Lawsuit Against Jackson Township, New Jersey, for Discriminatory Ordinances Targeting Orthodox Jewish Religious Schools

The Justice Department today announced an agreement with the Township of Jackson, New Jersey, and the Jackson Planning Board to settle allegations that the Township and Planning Board violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA) when they passed and applied a series of discriminatory zoning ordinances that intentionally targeted the Orthodox Jewish community by prohibiting religious schools and associated dormitories.

North Carolina Nail Salon Owner Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Compelling a Victim’s Labor for Almost Two Years

U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth D. Bell sentenced defendant Thuy Tien Luong, 38, of Charlotte, North Carolina, to 15 years in prison and ordered her to pay $75,000 in restitution to the victim. A federal jury previously convicted the defendant of forced labor on Jan. 8, 2021, following a five-day trial.

USCIS Increases Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Applicants

On May 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it was increasing the time that many Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) are extended, from 180 days to up to 540 days.  EADs that previously were extended for up to 180 days are now extended for up to 540 days.  This also means that if an eligible worker’s 180-day EAD extension already ran out but they are still within the 540-day window from the expiration date listed on their EAD, the EAD is now valid again, for up to 540 days from the original EAD expiration date.