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.
Through legal action, MALDEF works to help enact laws and policies to ensure that the Latino community has equal access to the same rights and benefits available to everyone else in this society.
MALDEF is committed to seeing that the days of separate and unequal access are relegated to the past.
Access to Justice
DENVER, COLORADO – A Colorado school district’s decision to ban a student from wearing a sash at her graduation ceremony that honors her Mexican American heritage is unconstitutional, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
LOS ANGELES – A transgender immigrant held in solitary confinement for approximately seven months at a Georgia immigration detention center that is under investigation for abuse is suing the federal government.
ATLANTA – A transgender asylum seeker held in solitary confinement for six months solely because of his gender identity is suing the federal government.
LOS ANGELES – A federal judge in Maryland has denied the Trump administration’s motion to dismiss a constitutional challenge to a provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) that discriminates against mixed-status married couples.
LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has agreed to expedite an appeal filed by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) in a challenge to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
MALDEF ASKS CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE KERN COUNTY D.A. CHARGES AGAINST LATINA SUPERVISOR
LOS ANGELES – Civil rights attorneys are asking state officials to investigate Kern County prosecutors in connection with the recent filing of misdemeanor charges against a county supervisor.
MALDEF AND ADVANCING JUSTICE SUE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, CHALLENGING ADDITION OF CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO 2020 CENSUS
LOS ANGELES – The Trump administration’s eleventh-hour decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and could result in a severe undercount of minorities, according to a federal lawsuit filed today by nearly two dozen groups and individuals.
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS’ STATEMENT ON COURT RULING BLOCKING SOUTH TEXAS COUNTY’S RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL SPEECH
San Antonio, TX – A federal court has granted a request by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and TCRP (Texas Civil Rights Project) to temporarily block a 2018 rule adopted by the Commissioners Court of Starr County that prohibits “electioneering” during voting periods on properties owned or operated by the county.
CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS SEEK EMERGENCY ORDER TO BLOCK SOUTH TEXAS COUNTY’S RESTRICTIONS ON POLITICAL SPEECH
San Antonio, TX – Two civil rights groups asked a federal judge today to block an order adopted last month by Starr County, Texas banning political advocacy on county-owned property.
Separate and unequal access to medical care under Medi-Cal, the health insurance program for low-income Californians, violates the civil rights of 13.5 million enrollees, a majority of whom are Latino.