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Nov 11, 2009   Premio para Eva Longoria

La Opinión

"Me siento halagada y emocionada por el premio que MALDEF me va a dar y lo recibo con mucho cariño y orgullo porque es una organización que apoyo, porque va con mi línea personal de defensa hacia la comunidad latina", dijo ayer en entrevista telefónica la protagonista de la serie de televisión Desperate Housewives.

Nov 11, 2009   Anheuser-Busch's Decades of Support for Latino Community to be Recognized at Los Angeles Gala

Hispanic PR Wire

"Our Honorees this year continue the tradition of not only sacrifice for others but inspiring those around to do more for the community," stated Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel. "It is an honor to acknowledge these individuals as a demonstration that we do not stand alone in our mission. Anheuser-Busch has been a courageous and generous supporter of MALDEF over several decades, and Anheuser-Busch's example of steadfast and principled support has aided organizations in the Latino community in incalculable ways."

Oct 11, 2009   Suit Puts Focus on Immigrant Workers' Rights

Washington Post

Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said anti-immigrant feelings are always a concern with juries, but he said people typically sympathize with an individual even if they have negative feelings toward immigrants as a whole.

Sep 28, 2009   AP Interview: Leader has back-up immigration plan

Associated Press

In an interview with The Associated Press Friday, Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said he fully expects work on rewriting immigration law to begin in Congress next year.

Sep 21, 2009   Students Warned To Prove Texas Residence Or Leave

CBS News

David Hinojosa, an attorney for the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said he's concerned about students being singled out because they were on an international bridge before school.

Sep 10, 2009   Judge Albert Armendariz Federal Courthouse "a fitting tribute to a hometown hero"

El Paso Newspaper Tree

In 1954, Armendariz helped argue Hernandez v. the State of Texas in the United States Supreme Court, a landmark case that established Latinos as a distinct class entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment. In the 1970’s Armendariz represented the Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF) in another historic case, Alvarado v. El Paso Independent School District, which fought against discriminatory practices in El Paso public schools.

Sep 10, 2009   Latino groups must be colorblind

New Mexico Independent

At the time of his nomination, most of the national Latino organizations based in D.C. fell all over themselves in an orgy of Gonzales endorsements. Why? Truth be told, it was because Gonzales was a Latino. None of the national groups—with the notable exception of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)—bothered to vet Gonzales’ positions on civil rights and a host of other issues critical to Latinos.

Sep 4, 2009   Survey: Latinas face challenges that hinder their education

CNN

The discrimination -- sometimes from teachers and fellow students -- affects the young women's self-confidence and performance, leading to lower graduation rates, according to the report released last week by the National Women's Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Aug 18, 2009   Court upholds UT's admissions process

San Antonio Express-News

In a statement, Southwest regional counsel Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio said, “The court's ruling sends a strong message to universities across the nation that race can still be a factor when considering applications for admissions.”

Aug 18, 2009   Court upholds UT's admissions process

San Antonio Express-News

In a statement, Southwest regional counsel Nina Perales of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio said, “The court's ruling sends a strong message to universities across the nation that race can still be a factor when considering applications for admissions.”

Aug 17, 2009   Latino murals from downtown L.A. building up for sale

LA Times

Proceeds from the sale of the murals will benefit Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The works were donated to MALDEF in 2002 by Ramiro Salcedo, a principal in the Victor Clothing Co., before he sold the building in 2004.

Aug 13, 2009   MALDEF denounces voter check appeal to DOJ

Associated Press

The Mexican Legal Defense and Educaiton Fund is denouncing Georgia's appeal of the Justice Department's rejection of a voter check plan. Secretary of State Karen Handel announced the appeal Wednesday.

Aug 12, 2009   Ga. Asks DOJ To Reconsider Voting Checks

Associated Press

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union sued in October, saying the checks amounted to a "systematic purging" of voter rolls just weeks before the election.

Aug 11, 2009   NWLC and MALDEF to Release Report on Latina Dropout Crisis

National Women’s Law Center

With the new school year fast approaching, the National Women’s Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund are gearing up to release a new report that will shed light on the dropout crisis for Latinas.

Aug 7, 2009   Sotomayor wins confirmation

Associated Press

“Justice Sotomayor’s eminent qualifications and wise committee testimony shattered a glass ceiling today,” said Thomas Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Of Republican foes, he added, “History — and the fast-growing community of Latino voters — will judge these senators harshly.”

Aug 6, 2009   Celebration marks confirmation of 1st Latino Supreme Court justice

89.3 KPCC

While the U.S. Senate voted on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, a group of lawyers, and lawyers-to-be, watched on TV in downtown L.A. KPCC’s Shirley Jahad was at the event at the offices of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Aug 5, 2009   Legal Advocacy Group Launches Campaign to Get Latinos to Participate in the Census

Associated Press

The campaign by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Chicago -- including Spanish and English fliers and door-to-door visits -- is one among several advocacy groups nationwide working to ensure minorities are accurately counted.

Aug 5, 2009   MALDEF begins Census education project for Latinos

Examiner

A Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund spokeswoman in Chicago says it's crucial for minorities to be accurately counted. But she says many challenges exist in getting the count, including a mistrust of government officials among some immigrants.

Jul 30, 2009   New measure of accountability success causes stir

Austin American Statesman

The business group has joined with the center and some other "nontraditional friends," as Hammond put it, to highlight the need for transparency in school accountability reporting and strengthening standards. Those two organizations have rarely seen eye to eye on key tax and spending issues that affect education.

Jul 28, 2009   MALDEF Y Consulado Mexicano Firman Acuerdo de Cooperacion en Los Angeles

EFE

El Fondo México Americano de Defensa Legal y Educación (MALDEF) y el Consulado General de México en Los Ángeles firmaron hoy un Memorando de Entendimiento para ofrecer ayuda a la comunidad y protección de sus derechos civiles.

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