- The Justice Department and the Republic of El Salvador established a formal partnership to protect workers from discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status and national origin. Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and Salvadoran Ambassador Claudia Canjura De Centeno signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the embassy and its consulates and the division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC).
- A 12-count indictment was unsealed charging four current and former Police of Puerto Rico (POPR) Caguas Drug Unit officers with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice arising out of a police operation conducted in Caguas, Puerto Rico, on Aug. 15, 2015. The indictment alleges that during the police operation, the officers used excessive force against two arrestees and that they unlawfully seized, concealed and destroyed evidence of their misconduct.
- The Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a settlement agreement to resolve allegations that BancorpSouth Bank violated the Fair Housing Act and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) by using policies and practices that unlawfully discriminated against African Americans and other residents of predominantly minority communities in the Memphis, Tennessee, area, as well as parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas.
- Berrien County, Georgia, Sheriff Anthony Heath pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the civil rights of two non-resistant arrestees by using excessive force against them.
- The leader of a human trafficking organization and a co-defendant were sentenced to prison for their roles in luring Guatemalan minors and adults to the United States under false pretenses and then using threats of physical harm to compel them to work on egg farms in Ohio.
- The Justice Department reached an agreement with Crookham Company to resolve the department’s allegations that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Crookham, which is based in Caldwell, Idaho, is a seed company that produces hybrid sweet corn, popcorn and onions.
- The Justice Department announced that it has reached an agreement with the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts to resolve its review of the provision of language assistance service to limited English proficient (LEP) state court users. The department began working with the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts after receiving a complaint alleging national origin discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, following a state court judge’s failure to provide interpreter services to LEP parties.
Updated December 28, 2016