MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future.
MALDEF is headed by President and General Counsel Thomas Saenz and is governed by a 30-member national Board of Directors.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, MALDEF operates five regional offices in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
MALDEF Property Management Corporation (MPMC), a 501(c) (3) organization, manages the building which serves as the National Headquarters and Los Angeles Regional Offices for MALDEF. The MPMC building also serves as a unique professional environment primarily for other non-profit organizations that provide assistance to minority and other underserved communities.
Founded in 1968, MALDEF celebrated 40 years of advancing Latino civil rights at the organization’s birthplace, San Antonio, Texas. View an overview of MALDEF's historic cases and a commemorative video.
MALDEF hosts the annual Latino State of the Union policy roundtable and five annual regional Awards Galas. The Awards Galas highlight MALDEF’s commitment and dedicated service to the community and recognize individuals, corporations, and law firms who have been instrumental in advancing justice for Latinos.
MALDEF offers challenging and rewarding employment opportunities for qualified individuals who are ready and willing to work hard.
There are many ways to get involved and partner with MALDEF in our mission to advance the Latino community. See what opportunities interest you today.
With a monetary donation, you can help create a more open society and develop the leaders of tomorrow. Because MALDEF’s work reaches some of the most marginalized communities in the nation, even a small amount can make a great difference. Unrestricted contributions to MALDEF’s Annual Fund support its litigation efforts, community outreach, educational programming, and public policy work.