MALDEF works to secure equitable educational outcomes for students in K-12 schools, and to ensure Latino students have equal access and success in higher education.

Martinez v. New Mexico Timeline

August 2012: Latino Education Task Force announces MALDEF’s plan to investigate the cause of the achievement gaps for students of color. MALDEF announces that if necessary, it will sue the State of New Mexico, alleging education...


MALDEF is committed to ending discrimination in hiring and promotion, and to improving working conditions for all Latinos.

Immigrants’ Rights

MALDEF strives to ensure all immigrants receive fair treatment under the law, and works to combat discriminatory policies in the private and public sectors.

Voting Rights

MALDEF works to eliminate barriers to equitable political representation and the right to vote.

Access to Justice

MALDEF works to ensure that the Latino community enjoys ready access to a judicial system that provides meaningful redress to the denial of rights with respect to all basic human needs and services.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund