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Georgia Department of Driver Services Takes First Steps in Securing Justice for Puerto Ricans Unlawfully Denied Drivers Licenses

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has fired one senior manager and demoted another who were complicit in discriminating against Kenneth Caban Gonzalez, represented by LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Southern Center for Human Rights, who filed a federal court litigation alleging that he was illegally denied the right to exchange his valid Puerto Rico driver’s license for a Georgia driver’s license. The firing and demotion of the senior officials came amid a report issued today by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation detailing “deficiencies in investigative procedures” that were inconsistent with DDS protocol. Mr. Caban Gonzalez alleged in his lawsuit that his original identity documents were needlessly seized and that he was charged with providing false documents. His lawsuit was also filed on behalf of other applicants presenting Puerto Rican identity documents who were also denied Georgia driver’s license.