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The Popular Mexican Singer/Actress Makes Highly Anticipated Return to Television to Dance for a Charitable Cause.


Los Tigres del Norte and Los Lobos joined Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, to deliver messages of humanity and hope during concert

Oct 1, 2010   Amicus Brief Opposing Arizona's Racial Profiling Law

MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights groups today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urging the court to keep in place an injunction blocking the core provisions of SB 1070, Arizona’s racial profiling law.


LOS ANGELES, CA - Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate vote on the defense authorization bill (S. 3454), which contained an amendment for the “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2009” (S. 729), more commonly known as the DREAM Act:

Aug 30, 2010   Los Tigres Del Norte Announced Group's Participation In Benefit Concert Supporting MALDEF’S “Truth In Immigration” Campaign

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, at MALDEF National Headquarters, Latin Music legends Los Tigres del Norte announced the group’s participation in an upcoming benefit concert supporting MALDEF’s “Truth in Immigration” campaign. In partnering with MALDEF for the Truth in Immigration Campaign, Los Tigres del Norte will continue to spread messages of hope and inspiration to millions of Latinos in the United States and throughout the world through the group’s evocative, chart-topping and critically acclaimed music.

Aug 25, 2010   MALDEF, GALEO Criticize DOJ’s approval Of Discriminatory Voting Procedures In Georgia after one-day review

ATLANTA, GA – MALDEF and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), have filed a notice in the ongoing lawsuit, Georgia v. Holder, protesting the abrupt decision by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on August 18 after a one-day review by the agency to administratively approve a set of flawed and racially discriminatory voter registration procedures proposed by the State of Georgia.

Aug 25, 2010   Civil Rights Organizations Release Redistricting Guide To Promote Community Participation In 2011 Redistricting Processes

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, three leading civil rights groups launched a campaign to promote their collaborative redistricting guide for the upcoming local, state and congressional redistricting processes. MALDEF, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, have joined forces to produce “The Impact of Redistricting In Your Community: A Guide to Redistricting.”

Aug 20, 2010   MALDEF Mourns Death of Co-Founder Mario Guerra Obledo, "Godfather of Latino Movement"

Civil rights pioneer and MALDEF Co-Founder Mario G. Obledo passed away in Sacramento on Wednesday August 18, 2010 at the age of 78. Obledo was Co-Founder of MALDEF, “the law firm of the Latino community.”

Aug 5, 2010   Trio of Latino Non-Profits to Send a Message through Music with Unveiling of High Profile Performances Honoring Latino Culture in the U.S.

On August 2, 2010, a trio of Latino non-profit organizations jointly unveiled August and September dates for a series of concerts developed by the respective organizations to honor Latino culture and history and to bring awareness to the ongoing need for comprehensive immigration reform. The historical series of performances by icons of Latino music and multiple Grammy winners spans both traditional and contemporary genres and will begin on August 13, with the Dolores Huerta Foundation’s concert at the Greek Theater in Hollywood, will continue from September 16 – 26, 2010 with the 19th Annual San José Mexican Heritage & Mariachi Festival, and will end on September 28, with MALDEF’s “Truth in Immigration” Benefit Concert at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City. Headliners for the concerts and performances include: Carlos Santana, Eugenia Leon, Intocable, Los Tigres del Norte, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Los Tex Maniacs, Mariachi Cobre and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

Aug 4, 2010   MALDEF Neutral on Elena Kagan

Today, the Huffington Post published an article by Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, in which he explains that MALDEF has reluctantly decided not to take a position on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, largely because the federal government's judicial selection process does not adequately account for the legal concerns of an increasingly Latino United States. This rare decision comes because Kagan's record as an attorney is too ambiguous for MALDEF to make an informed determination about her current knowledge and potential understanding of Latino legal concerns, such as immigration and "the use of race-linked proxies for discrimination." An excerpt from the Huffington Post article is below:

Jul 28, 2010   Court Blocks Major Provisions of Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law

A federal court in Phoenix today blocks major provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, known as SB 1070, pending a final court ruling on its constitutionality. This ruling ensures that, until a final order is issued by the court, Arizona will be unable to establish its new state immigration scheme that potentially penalizes anyone who does not carry proof of status, including non-citizens who do not carry registration documents, such as those immigrants in transitional status whom the federal government allows to live in the U.S. The federal court issued its order in a case filed by the United States government raising claims parallel to those raised in the suit filed earlier by MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights groups.

Jul 23, 2010   Infant Returned to Mother After Missouri Appellate Court Reaffirms Parental Rights of Immigrant Parent

On July 21, 2010, in the case of In Re The Adoption Of C.M.B.R., a Missouri appellate judge reversed the lower court’s grant of an adoption of the child of an undocumented immigrant on the grounds that the mother’s parental rights were unlawfully destroyed through an improper adoption procedure. The child had been "placed" for adoption by the child's babysitters with neither the knowledge nor the consent of the mother. MALDEF had filed an amicus brief in the case out of concern that the lower court judge had improperly considered the mother’s immigration status when he terminated the mother’s parental rights. The appellate court held that the adoption was invalid and ordered the child be returned to the mother.

Jul 14, 2010   MALDEF Condemns Intimidation of Latinos in Utah

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, issued the following statement in response to the revelation that an anonymous group has compiled and publicly disseminated the names and information of 1,300 Utah residents, most of whom possess Latino surnames. The list was mailed to federal and state officials – including law enforcement agencies – and various media outlets:

Jul 13, 2010   Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against 24 Hour Fitness for Racial and Gender Discrimination

MALDEF and the law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. announced that they filed a class action law suit on behalf of employees of 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and gender. The lawsuit, Fulcher v. 24 Hour Fitness, was filed in Alameda County Superior Court.

Jul 6, 2010   MALDEF Issues Statement in Response to U.S. Department of Justice Lawsuit Against Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Law SB 1070

MALDEF issued a response to the announcement by the United States Department of Justice of its decision to file suit against Arizona and legally challenge the constitutionality of Arizona's racially discriminatory, anti-immigrant law known as SB 1070.

Jun 30, 2010   MALDEF to Receive Proceeds from Ry Cooder's New Single

Ry Cooder created his new single “Quicksand” in response to anti-immigrant law SB 1070 and the ongoing Arizona immigration battle. SB 1070 requires police to demand ‘papers’ from people they stop who they suspect are "unlawfully present" in the U.S.

Jun 28, 2010   Supreme Court To Review Arizona Employability Verification Law

LOS ANGELES, CA – Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, issued the following statement

Jun 16, 2010   MALDEF Files Suit Against LaGrange Sheriff’s Office for Unlawful Detention of Young Mother

MALDEF’s Midwest Regional Office along with Fort Wayne law firm Christopher C. Myers and Associates filed a federal lawsuit against Terry Martin, Sheriff of LaGrange County, and two jail administrators for their failure to release a young mother who was eligible for release from state custody 48 hours after having posted bond for felony charges relating to a $10 “bounced” check.

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