President’s Message

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) is the leading civil rights voice of the Latino community.

July 2022

President’s Message

Our nation finds itself in the midst of yet another consequential election year, with outcomes this November likely to affect federal policymaking prospects and judicial nominations for the next several years. While not a presidential election year, our elections are nonetheless being influenced by the last presidential election and the completely unsupported, yet constantly repeated, falsehood that the outcome was tainted by fraud. Too many elected officials in too many states have hidden behind these flimsy accusations to put up more barriers to electoral participation. At MALDEF, we have always viewed our voting rights work as foundational – our successes in this area support success in other civil rights policy areas as well. Of course, our work sometimes directly challenges barriers to voter registration and to casting a ballot. But we also recognize that elections structures, such as the district lines that are redrawn every decade, can also discourage Latino voter engagement. So, we also challenge these discriminatory structures in order to facilitate Latino electoral participation. Finally, a clear eye to the future also means recognizing that working toward integrating our promising immigrant communities also plainly connects to improving our electoral and policy future. The following newsletter explores just some of MALDEF’s recent work in these areas.

Thomas A. Saenz

President and General Counsel

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund