MALDEF in the News

Dec 18, 2009   Latino in America: 'The Mexican in Town'


Yet sitting in the wood-paneled room beneath the ceiling of bright stained glass were just the principals and their families, a smattering of supporters, and Crystal Dillman, with a lawyer from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a representative of the Mexican consulate, Enrique Luis Sanchez. Their presence was often mentioned by locals as an example of outsiders who came to taint their town. "I think by then people were scared and that's why we had to be here," said Gladys Limon of MALDEF. Limon says MALDEF sent her to monitor the prosecution, which she found to be lackluster.

Dec 18, 2009   Sonia Sotomayor has grown supremely popular

Associated Press

"She's a powerful role model," said Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "She will have an effect on Latino children akin to the effect that the election of the first African-American president has had and will have on African-American child care, and that's encouraging. And for all of that she deservedly gets treated like a rock star."

Dec 17, 2009   Rights group outraged by U-46's attempt to hike bilingual class sizes

Daily Herald

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) Thursday afternoon submitted a letter to state board of education Superintendent Christopher Koch, urging him to deny the district's request, and "vigorously monitor" U-46's bilingual programs. "If a waiver were granted, what stops other districts feeling the same numbers crunch, money crunch?" MALDEF staff attorney Alejandro Aixala asked. "What kind of precedent does it set?"

Dec 16, 2009   Pa. police accused of cover-up face abuse suits

Associated Press

"This is what our family, friends and ongoing supporters have prayed for," said Crystal Dillman, who had two children with Ramirez, in a statement released by the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund. "I truly believe in my heart that Luis can now rest a bit more peacefully knowing that these criminals and accomplices are being charged."

Dec 16, 2009   Activistas: Se hizo justicia

La Raza

Thomas Sáenz, presidente y asesor principal del Fondo Mexicano Americano para la Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF), dijo que las acusaciones constituyen un saludo de bienvenida “para los cientos de víctimas sin nombre que permanecen aún en las sombras tolerando la violencia y el abuso inmerecido”.

Dec 15, 2009   Federal Charges Are Filed in Killing of Immigrant

New York Times

“We were extremely disappointed in the complete failure of justice when the local jury completely absolved the defendants of the most serious charges,” said Gladys Limón, a staff lawyer for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which pushed for federal involvement in the case. “We now feel these tragic injustices will finally be vindicated.”

Dec 14, 2009   Avances en educación en 2009

La Opinion

"'Race to the Top' es un gran logro porque es la primera vez en mucho tiempo que se otorgan fondos del Departamento de Educación para mejorar las escuelas que tienen bajo rendimiento y ayudar a los estudiantes que acuden a estas. El hecho de que se le esté prestando atención a estas escuelas ya es un logro”, dijo a Efe Verónica Rivera, asesora legal para educación del Fondo México Americano de Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF). “Ahora sólo esperamos que la implementación de estos fondos realmente ayude a cambiar el curso de estas escuelas”, agregó.

Dec 13, 2009   Local U.S. Reps Urge Full Census Participation

EGP News

MALDEF launched its national effort to educate the Latino community on the importance of full participation with the 2010 Census at Saturday’s press conference. As part of its campaign, MALDEF will host training sessions to educate local residents on how to reach out to those in the community unlikely to fill out their census form out of fear of immigration issues or other related concerns, such as legal problems.

Dec 9, 2009   Limited English proficient students lag behind

Dallas Morning News

However, in Texas, LEP students tend to be the most struggling category. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund highlighted this problem with a lawsuit accusing the state of not doing enough to help the students, especially at the secondary level.

Dec 9, 2009   Grupo proinmigrante lanzará iniciativa


El Fondo Mexico Americano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF, por sus siglas en inglés) convocó a una conferencia de prensa para el próximo sábado en el este de Los Ángeles para dar a conocer pormenores de su campaña a favor de los latinos en este país.

Nov 26, 2009   Immigration reform activists diversifying ranks

Associated Press

Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has said he fully expects work on rewriting immigration law to begin in Congress next year. But he also said Congress may have to deal with it on a piecemeal approach if Democratic leaders delay because of the elections and a hostile political climate.

Nov 21, 2009   Joe Arpaio's Deputies Admit Destroying Evidence in Racial Profiling Lawsuit

Phoenix New Times

Attorneys for the Phoenix law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, lead counsel in the case involving several racial-profiling victims, have made numerous requests for such documents in letters to Arpaio's lawyer Timothy Casey, and in court pleadings. (Note: The ACLU and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund joined Steptoe & Johnson in an amended complaint against the MCSO last year.)

Nov 20, 2009   Los Hispanos debemos participar en el Censo

El Dia News

"El censo del 2010 será más difícil que en años anteriores. Hay un ambiente de temor que siempre se ha tenido, pero más ahora cuando se trata de cualquier forma o ejercicio donde se requiere la participación de todos, incluyendo los indocumentados", dijo Anna Alicia Romero, directora del Fondo México-Americano para la Defensa Legal y Educación o Maldef, localizado en el estado de Texas.

Nov 18, 2009   CHSE_Outlines Need to Extend Expanded Learning Opportunities to All High School Students

Campaign for High School Equity

At a Capitol Hill briefing today, the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE), a diverse coalition of national civil rights groups addressing education quality and equality, urged Congress and education leaders to implement federal education policies that increase access to expanded learning opportunities for high school students and students of color.

Nov 18, 2009   Texas Gov. Likely To Face School Finance Problems

Associated Press

"It looks like the state may be walking itself right into another lawsuit," said David Hinojosa, an attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which was part of the most recent school finance lawsuit against the state that resulted in the 2006 changes.

Nov 16, 2009   MALDEF 35th Annual Los Angeles Awards Gala

Star Pulse

Eva Longoria-Parker. MALDEF 35th Annual Los Angeles Awards Gala Westin Bonaventure Hotel .

Nov 16, 2009   Eva Longoria Parker at MALDEF’s 35th Annual Los Angeles Awards Gala

SheKnows Celebrity Photo Blog

Eva Longoria Parker, Antonio Villaraigosa, Rodolfo F. Acuna and Dolores C. Huert attend MALDEF’s 35th Annual Los Angeles Awards Gala held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Nov 15, 2009   Winter Philanthropy

The Hollywood Reporter

"I've known her since she arrived in Los Angeles, before she was famous," says David Damien Figueroa, communications director for the Mexican-American Legal, Defense and Educational Fund, which honored Longoria Parker for her work with Latino causes Thursday. "She has always been an activist. Sometimes people become famous and leave the activist person behind; Eva is an activist who just happened to become famous. She has raised millions and millions. There has never ever been any Latino-American who has raised as much."

Nov 13, 2009   Reconocen labor social de Eva Longoria

El Manaña

Eva Longoria fue reconocida con el premio al Servicio Comunitario por el Fondo México-Americano para la Educación y Defensa Legal (MALDEF, por sus siglas en inglés).

Nov 12, 2009   John King replacing Dobbs show on CNN

Associated Press

Tom Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the leading Latino legal organization, said, “The Latino community can and should celebrate that Lou Dobbs is no longer on CNN.”

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