Message from the President & General Counsel

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . . You have undoubtedly already received dozens of messages, emails, and advertisements about each of these post-Thanksgiving occasions. In candor, this is yet another such message. Simply put, MALDEF depends on your financial assistance to pursue our mission to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States. MALDEF does not seek or accept government grants, so our efforts rely entirely on the generosity and shared goals of private foundations, corporations, and individuals (as well as reinvested fees recovered in lawsuits against wrongdoers). Our challenges as we approach the end of 2013 are as significant -- and as potentially impactful -- as ever. We continue to advocate, as a leader in Washington and in courts across the country for humane and progressive immigration reform legislation and for the fair treatment of all immigrant families. At the same time, we have to redouble our efforts to defend the right to vote from an ongoing assault that has been aided by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder to disable the most powerful civil rights law in our history. And, we continue to represent Latino employees against unscrupulous employers, and to work toward greater equity in our education system. Our simple request to our many great supporters is to remember MALDEF again as you go about making your end-of-year donations. And, for us, it doesn't matter whether it is on Tuesday or any other day of the week, we always welcome indications of ongoing support from our friends. You can donate online at any time of day or night. On behalf of MALDEF, I thank you heartily for your past and continuing support.

Sincerely Yours,

Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America" MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit:

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