By Mariela Rosario | 06/21/2011 - 13:30
Since the early 1900s, Latinos in the United States have endured hate-based violence. From the Ludlow Massacre to the murder of Luis Ramirez, hate crimes are, unfortunately, nothing new to our community. Alarmingly, they seem to be on the rise in recent years. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center there are currently 888 active hate groups operating in the United States, a 48% increase since 2000.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/23/2011 - 17:49
The young men convicted of murdering Luis Ramirez by ruthlessly beating him in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on July 12, 2008 were finally sentenced today, more than two years after the fatal beating.
By Latina Staff | 08/27/2010 - 17:00
Violent attacks on Latinos in Baltimore, MD, have occured three weekends in a row, including the latest where, police say, the suspect is a 13-year-old girl who shot two men after they refused her when she tried to rob them. One of those men died, as did Martin Reyez, 51, who was beaten to death with a two-by-two wooden plank last Friday.
By Dorkys Ramos | 06/18/2009 - 17:30
An Ohio teen accused of dragging a Latino young man in a parking lot with a noose last year has been sentenced to 10 days in jail.
The 18-year-old pleaded no contest to ethnic intimidation in juvenile court Wednesday after dropping his original plea of not guilty. A charge of aggravated menacing was also dropped.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/16/2009 - 09:45
Shawna Forde, 41, Jason Eugene Bush, 34, and Albert Robert Gaxiola, 42, have been accused by police for a home invasion attack on May 30th in the border town of Arivaca, AZ which left Raul Junior Flores, 29, and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia, shot dead.
By Mariela Rosario | 04/02/2009 - 14:15
Rosario Lucero hadn't seen her son Marcelo in 14 years, since the day he left his native Ecuador for the United States, determined to make a better life for his family. Ever since then she says she's been “counting the hours, the minutes” until she could see him again.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 03/18/2009 - 13:15
ABC special news report What Would You Do, hosted by Primetime co-anchor John Quiñones, featured a hate crime against a Latino in last night’s episode. The premise of the show is to create various hidden camera scenarios to see how the average person will react.
By Mariela Rosario | 07/25/2008 - 13:28
On July 12th, in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, Luis Ramirez was ruthlessly beaten by a group of youths, including some players on the town’s high school football team. Two days later, the 25 year-old died from severe head injuries. Ramirez came to the United States from Mexico six years ago. He has lived here illegally since that time, working two jobs, and fathering three children.