COVID-19 Lawsuit

We are suing the federal government over the denial of relief to mixed-status married couples.

Defending DACA

The Trump administration tried to shut down DACA. MALDEF is helping ensure it continuation. We’re proud to represent DACA recipients  in court.

Helping Keep the Census Safe

A Civic Leaders’ Watchdog Coalition Helping to Keep Census Data Safe and Confidential.

Our History

MALDEF has been fighting for Latino civil rights since 1968. Our battle for the nation’s ideals and America’s future continues.

Scholarships

Our free Scholarship Resource Guide is packed with information for students, parents and teachers on applying for scholarships.

Voting Rights: A New Approach

Practice-Based Preclearance: Protecting Against Tactics Persistently Used to Silence Minority Communities’ Votes

COVID-19 Lawsuit

We are suing the federal government over the denial of relief to mixed-status married couples.

Helping Keep the Census Safe

A Civic Leaders’ Watchdog Coalition Helping to Keep Census Data Safe and Confidential.

Our History

MALDEF has been fighting for Latino civil rights since 1968. Our battle for the nation’s ideals and America’s future continues.

Scholarships

Our free Scholarship Resource Guide is packed with information for students, parents and teachers on applying for scholarships.

Voting Rights: A New Approach

Practice-Based Preclearance: Protecting Against Tactics Persistently Used to Silence Minority Communities’ Votes

Who We Are

MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Our commitment is to protect and defend the rights of all Latinos living in the United States and the constitutional rights of all Americans.

What We Fight For

MALDEF IN HISTORY

Celebrating a History of Women Leaders at MALDEF​​

Celebrating a History of Women Leaders at MALDEF​​

Ambassador Vilma Martinez (left) Thomas A. Saenz (center) and Antonia Hernández (right).
(Photo taken at MALDEF’s 50th Anniversary Gala in San Antonio, Texas.)

As we near the conclusion of Women’s History Month, MALDEF celebrates its organizational history of women in leadership. For the majority of its existence since 1968, MALDEF has been led by women as president and general counsel. Women’s rights organizations aside, MALDEF may be the only national civil rights organization that can make that claim. We spoke with two of these women leaders, women relied upon by MALDEF through their many years of leadership and all the way up to today. MALDEF’s current president and general counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, has benefitted from both these leaders as professional mentors throughout his legal career.

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Scholarship

MALDEF currently offers: a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students; and a Law School Scholarship Program for law students.

E-Newsletter

E-newsletter provides you with the latest update on MALDEF’s court cases and legislative priorities.

Multimedia

Watch MALDEF videos or follow us on social media to stay updated.

Who We Are

The importance of MALDEF’s work as the law firm for the Latino community is greater today than ever before. Never before has the need been greater for advocacy and education that will open doors to the American dream. Your support of MALDEF will immeasurably help our cause for the fair treatment of Latinos in the classroom, workplace, and the courtroom. Together, we can continue to make a real difference in the lives of the Latino community.

50th Anniversary

MALDEF’s 50th Anniversary
San Antonio Gala

When: Friday, September 28, 2018

Where: The Westin Riverwalk

Location: 420 W Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205

Scholarship

MALDEF currently offers: a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students; and a Law School Scholarship Program for law students.

E-Newsletter

E-newsletter provides you with the latest update on MALDEF’s court cases and legislative priorities.

Scholarship

MALDEF currently offers: a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students; and a Law School Scholarship Program for law students.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund