Alabama Defendant Sentenced to 60 Years and Ordered to Pay Over $950,000 in Restitution for Sex Trafficking Scheme Involving Forced Prostitution

U.S. District Court Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. for the Middle District of Alabama sentenced defendant Lonnie Mitchell, 36, of Montgomery, Alabama, to 60 years in prison for coercing several victims, including a minor, to engage in prostitution over the course of several years. The judge also ordered the defendant to pay over $950,000 in restitution to the victims.


Two Former Mississippi Department of Corrections Officials Indicted for Excessive Force Against an Inmate

A federal grand jury in the Southern District of Mississippi returned an indictment that was unsealed yesterday charging two former Mississippi Department of Corrections officials with deprivation of rights under color of law.

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Hate Crime for Cross Burning

The Justice Department announced that a Mississippi man pleaded guilty in federal court to a hate crime for burning a cross in his front yard with the intent to intimidate a Black family.

Justice Department Provides Resources for Afghans and Ukrainians on Their Employment Rights

The Justice Department announced today resources to help Afghans and Ukrainians in the United States understand their employment rights.


Justice Department Secures Promotion and Backpay for National Guardsman in Puerto Rico and Continues to Defend Reemployment Rights of Servicemembers

The Justice Department announced today that it has resolved a claim that the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) when it failed to reemploy Puerto Rico National Guardsman Sergeant(E-5) Daniel Nazario to his proper position upon his return from military service. Based on the terms of the settlement, PRDE will promote Sergeant Nazario to his proper position as a school director in his preferred school district and will be awarding him backpay and seniority.


Justice Department Secures Settlement with State of Iowa Addressing Unconstitutional Conditions at Glenwood Resource Center

The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a complaint and a proposed consent decree with the State of Iowa to resolve allegations that conditions at Glenwood Resource Center (Glenwood), an institution for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), violated the Constitution.


Former Customs and Border Protection Agent Indicted for Federal Civil Rights Violation for Sexually Assaulting and Kidnapping a Minor

A former agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was charged in a superseding indictment, unsealed today, in the District of Arizona with three counts: a civil rights violation for sexually assaulting and kidnapping a minor victim, kidnapping a minor victim, and misleading state investigators.


Former DC Corrections Officer Charged with a Federal Civil Rights Violation for Assaulting a Handcuffed Inmate

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment, unsealed today, charging a former District of Columbia Department of Corrections officer with using unreasonable force.


Co-conspirator Sentenced to 33 Months for Hate Crime Against a Transgender Woman

U.S. District Court Judge Aida Delgado Colón sentenced Anthony Steven Lobos-Ruiz to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for a hate crime committed on February 24, 2020, with a dangerous weapon against a transgender woman identified as A.N.L., because of her gender identity.


Justice Department Secures Settlement with National Bakery Chain to Resolve Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims

The Justice Department announced today that it has secured a settlement agreement with New York-based Lady M Confections Co., Ltd. and its West Coast affiliate, Lady M West Third, LLC (together, Lady M), companies that operate bakeries and retail boutiques selling confections under the Lady M brand. The settlement resolves the department’s determination that Lady M violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against non-U.S. citizens when checking their permission to work in the United States.