President’s Message

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

June 2021

President’s Message

The most openly anti-Latino president in history was driven from office nearly six months ago, but the challenges presented by Donald Trump’s failed leadership remain. First, the danger of recrudescence looms, as Trump openly flirts with another campaign in 2024, and as far too many leaders of his political party remain in his thrall. Second, fixing the damage of sustained exclusionary rhetoric and policy will continue for the foreseeable future. Part of this stems from Trump administration attempts to embed its poorly-conceived policies, and part emanates from the new administration’s inability to move aggressively to reverse certain ongoing and damaging consequences, despite substantial progress in some other areas.

I am exceedingly proud of MALDEF staff as they have pivoted successfully in reaction to the change in the White House, while ensuring that we continue our active, leadership role in advocating, grounded in the law, to protect and promote the rights of the Latino community. We look forward to continuing to work with all of you!

Thomas A. Saenz

President and General Counsel

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund