Here are links to research findings and reports that are relevant to MALDEF’s litigation and advocacy priorities.
2007 Hate Crimes Statistics Report
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), October 27, 2008
Summary: This report demonstrates the real societal impact of anti-immigrant campaigns launched over the airwaves and through anti-immigrant legislation. The report shows a sharp increase in the number of hate crimes reported against Hispanics based on their ethnicity or national origin to the highest levels since the reports were first mandated by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act. View the report here.
“2007 National Survey of Latinos: As Illegal Immigration Issue Heats Up, Hispanics Feel a Chill”
Pew Hispanic Center, December 19, 2007
Summary: This report presents the findings of the National Survey of Latinos which emphasized Latino views toward illegal immigration, perceptions of discrimination, and the immigration debate. View the report here.
Here are links to national organizations that provide related information and services.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)is a national civil rights organization that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. Visit their website.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was created to help increase opportunities for Hispanics to participate in and contribute to the American policy making process. It carries out its mission by offering educational and leadership development programs, services and activities that promote the growth of participants as effective professionals and strong leaders. Visit their website.
League of United Latin American Citizens
LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic Organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide. Visit their website.
Media Matters for America is a progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. Visit their website.
National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations (CBOs), NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Visit their website.
National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) was established in 1991 as a nonpartisan association of major Hispanic national organizations and distinguished Hispanic leaders from all over the nation. NHLA brings together Hispanic leaders to establish policy priorities that address, and raise public awareness of, the major issues affecting the Latino community and the nation as a whole. Visit their website.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, SPLC is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups. Visit their website.
United States Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is comprised of 21 Members of Congress of Hispanic descent. The Caucus is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico. Visit their website.
Truth in Immigration
MALDEF has created Truth in Immigration to serve as a watchdog for communications about immigrants and to research, collect, and rebut legal and factual inaccuracies about immigrants that are disseminated and promoted in the media, the public messaging of anti-immigration organizations, and political campaigns. Visit the website to read the latest findings.