MALDEF in the News

Jul 28, 2009   Celebran votación a favor de Sotomayor

La Opinión

Grupos como el Consejo Nacional de La Raza (NCLR), el Fondo Mexicoamericano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF) e "Hispanos por un Sistema Judicial Justo", elogiaron por separado la votación "histórica" del Comité e instaron al Senado a que la confirme la próxima semana.

Jul 27, 2009   Legal residents await driver's license ruling

El Paso Times

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed suit in state court, saying state lawmakers had not given DPS authority to implement the rule. DPS lawyers argued in court that the agency had broad discretion to make rules. A judge last spring agreed with MALDEF and ordered the department to stop its policy. But the agency appealed the ruling and is continuing to enforce rules on driver's licenses.

Jul 26, 2009   Tom Sáenz, buena elección

La Opinión

El nombramiento de Sáenz como nuevo presidente de MALDEF, el Fondo Mexicoamericano para la Defensa Legal y Educación es una buena noticia para nuestra comunidad en momentos en que más necesitamos de un liderazgo valiente y activo.

Jul 26, 2009   Tom Sáenz, the right choice

La Opinión

The appointment of Sáenz as the new president of MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, is good news for our community at a time when we need brave, active leadership most.

Jul 24, 2009   Campaign for High School Equity Outlines Approach to Common Standards With Students of Color in Mind


At a briefing today, the Campaign for High School Equity (CHSE) provided recommendations for the development of common academic standards that take into account the unique needs of students of color and low-income students to ensure that all children, regardless of ZIP code, income, race, or ethnicity are taught to the same high standards.

Jul 24, 2009   Immigration Advocates Call ‘Wise Latina’ Attack Dog Whistle Politics

The Washington Independent

Similarly, Henry Solano, interim president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, has said: “The Latino community is bursting with pride and excitement over the pending confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor. She has an impeccable record of accomplishment and possesses all of the credentials and experience that make her worthy of serving on the nation’s highest court.”

Jul 17, 2009   Teens Convicted of Murdering Luis Ramirez Sentenced to 7 Months in Jail

Gladys Limon, staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund pointed out the frightening 40 percent rise in hate crimes against Latinos between 2003 and 2007 and called on Congress to strengthen hate crime laws.

Jul 16, 2009   Hispanics Commemorate Mexican Beaten to Death


“He was my companion, the father of my children, to whom he wanted to give a better life than he had,” Crystal said at a press conference organized by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund that has stood by the family throughout the process.

Jul 16, 2009   The Sotomayor Confirmation, So Far


I have never had the opportunity to watch confirmation hearings on television, although I have taken great pains to follow the last few in the print media and through the evening news. I have even assisted in preparing testimony for various testifiers over the years, for different bar associations and through my membership on the board of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

Jul 15, 2009   Línea Abierta : SONIA SOTOMAYOR [RADIO]

Linea Abierta

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. While leading Republican senators are casting doubts about judge Sotomayor’s record, calling her an extremist, Latino groups are increasingly engaging in the nomination process, enthusiastically closing ranks behind the nominee. This program includes excerpts from the confirmation hearings and analysis from commentators.

Jul 15, 2009   Sáenz estará al frente de Maldef

La Opinion

Thomas Sáenz, quien funge como asesor del alcalde Antonio Villaraigosa, estará al frente del Fondo Mexicoamericano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF), una organización de defensa legal de los derechos civiles de los latinos en el país.

Jul 15, 2009   L.A. mayor's chief counsel tapped to lead MALDEF

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's chief counsel, Thomas Saenz, has been tapped to become president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the organization announced Tuesday.

Jul 14, 2009   LA mayor’s aide becomes president of MALDEF

89.3 KPCC

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF’s lead legal counsel for a dozen years, returns there after four years with L.A.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office. While there, he negotiated with city labor unions and helped to promote the mayor’s Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, an effort to improve conditions at 10 low-performing public schools.

Jul 13, 2009   Activists push ballot initiative to end state benefits for illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children

Los Angeles Times

Kristina Campbell, an attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund in Los Angeles, said that provision is legally vulnerable. "You can't deny a U.S. citizen child a birth certificate," she said. "They are entitled to equal protection of the law."

Jul 12, 2009   Latinos Will Be on Lookout for Sotomayor Abuse

ABC News

"We accept tough questions. But what we are going to object to are questions that misrepresent the judge or that distort her record," says Estuardo V. Rodriguez, director of Hispanics for a Fair Judiciary. The nonpartisan umbrella organization includes the Hispanic National Bar Association, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Jul 11, 2009   Sotomayor nominations, hearings bring many 'firsts'

San Antonio Express-News

I was happy to see that the Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund will be taking full advantage of Internet technology during the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings that are set to begin on Monday. MALDEF will be streaming the hearings live, over the World Wide Web.

Jul 8, 2009   Death in a small town: The long journey to healing

United Methodist Church

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a Latino civil rights organization, as well as other Hispanic and civil rights groups are pressing the Justice Department to pursue civil-rights charges against the teens. A statement from the department said an “independent review of the facts” is in process and the FBI is also conducting an investigation.

Jul 8, 2009   Watch the Sotomayor Hearings Live

Confirm Sotomayor

We are committed to ensuring that the Latino community across the nation can engage in this historic proceeding and can easily access the hearings from their personal computers. This website and coverage of the hearings will help to educate all Americans about the qualifications, experience, and commitment to justice that makes Judge Sotomayor eminently qualified for the highest court in our nation.

Jul 3, 2009   Lanzan campaña web de apoyo a jueza latina en EU


El Fondo México-Americano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF) impulsa una campaña cibernética en favor de la primera jueza latina nominada a la Suprema Corte de Justicia de Estados Unidos, Sonia Sotomayor.

Jun 30, 2009   Latino groups blast, conservatives praise firefighter ruling

Houston Chronicle

Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel for Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF): "Although we are disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision on the facts of this case, we are glad to see the Court describe the 'important purpose' of Title VII that 'the workplace be an environment free of discrimination, where race is not a barrier to opportunity.

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