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Man Attacks Others for Speaking Spanish…They Were Speaking Hebrew
By Priscilla Rodriguez | 10/29/2013 - 09:07

A Wisconsin man was arrested early Saturday morning after police were made aware that he had attacked two men who he thought were speaking Spanish.


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Trial of Female Minuteman Accused of Murdering Latina Child Begins in Arizona
By Mariela Rosario | 01/27/2011 - 15:46

Little Brisenia Flores' last words to her attackers were: "Why did you shoot my mom?" Her mother, Gina Gonzalez, actually managed to survive being shot three times by intruders posing as law-enforcement officials by playing dead in the hopes of saving her child but Shawna Forde and her accomplices murdered the 9-year-old girl anyway, just as they had killed her father Raul Flores moments before


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Hate Crime Trial Shines Spotlight on Violence Against Latinos
By Mariela Rosario | 04/13/2010 - 17:30

When Marcelo Lucero was murdered in March of 2009, his mother traveled from Ecuador to the US for the first time to ensure that her son murderers were brought to justice. She may finally get what she came for, although more than a year later, as the defense for boy accused of his murder rested last week.


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Teens Convicted of Murdering Luis Ramirez Sentenced to 7 Months in Jail
By Mariela Rosario | 06/18/2009 - 09:45

Brandon Piekarsky, 17, and Derrick Donchak, 19, received 7- to 23-month sentences for their roles in the brutal murder of 25-year-old Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez. It is a case that has galvanized the community of Shenandoah, Penn., creating a hotbed of racial tension in a blue-collar town. An all-white jury convicted the two teens of misdemeanor simple assault.


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NY Teen Rearrested for Hate Crime
By Mariela Rosario | 05/08/2009 - 09:45

20-year-old Grigory Korostyshevskiy of Staten Island, New York was recently rearrested on hate crime charges, on accusations that he beat a Mexican immigrant with a belt, just a few short weeks after it seemed as though charges would be dismissed.


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Two PA Teens Acquitted in Hate Crime Murder of Luis Ramirez
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2009 - 10:00

Two teens, accused in the fatal beating of Mexican immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania back in July of 2008, were recently acquitted of all serious charges by an all white jury. Brandon Piekarsky, 17, was acquitted of third-degree murder and Derrick Donchak, 19, was acquitted of aggravated assault. Charges of ethnic intimidation against both teens were also dropped.


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Indictment in Jose Sucuzhañay Hate Crime Murder
By Mariela Rosario | 03/04/2009 - 13:05

Hakim Scott, 25, and Keith Phoenix, 28, were indicted on charges of second-degree murder as a hate crime in the beating death of Jose Sucuzhañay, and first-degree assault as a hate crime in the attack on his brother, Romel. The two are accused of killing Sucuzhañay while shouting slurs about his ethnicity and sexuality. Prosecutors said Tuesday that they are also pursuing charges for additional crimes that could send them to prison for up to 78 years if convicted.


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Immigration Raids Increase Racial Tension in Mississippi and Across Country
By Yuliana Gomez | 01/26/2009 - 16:20

On August 25, 2008, the largest single immigration raid in U.S. history took place in Laurel, Mississippi, at the city’s biggest employer, Howard Industries (which produces commercial and industrial products). That day, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) took into custody nearly 600 Hispanic, undocumented workers.


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Dangerous to be Latino
By Mariela Rosario | 12/10/2008 - 12:00

31 year old Ecuadorian immigrant Jose Sucuzhañay was recently declared brain dead, just 72 hours after suffering a brutal beating at the hands of thugs yelling racist and anti-gay epithets.

Police in the Bushwick, Brooklyn neighborhood where the attack occurred are currently investigating the incident as a hate crime.


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Marcello Lucero, 37 Year Old Ecuadorean Man, Victim of Hate Crime in Long Island, NY
By Mariela Rosario | 11/10/2008 - 17:09

Although it may seem as though we have made significant strides in this country with regards to race relations, the murder of Marcello Lucero serves as a stark reminder of how far we have yet to go.

Lucero, a 37 year old man of Ecuadorean descent was just walking down the street with a friend in Patchogue, LI late Saturday night when a group of seven teenage thugs attacked them without provocation.


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