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November 24, 2014   FEDERAL APPEALS COURT REJECTS ARIZONA'S REQUEST TO REHEAR DRIVER'S LICENSE CASE

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected a request to reconsider its earlier ruling that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's denial of driver's licenses to certain young immigrants is unconstitutional.

November 24, 2014   MALDEF ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS IN 2014 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AND OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR 2015

Today, MALDEF announced the twelve recipients of its 2014 law school scholarships, doubling the number of law school students receiving the scholarships from last year. MALDEF has annually awarded scholarships to five or more law students of up to $5000 each.

November 20, 2014   MALDEF STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IMMIGRATION ACCOUNTABILITY EXECUTIVE ACTIONS

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF, released the following statement today after President Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration.

November 20, 2014   FEDERAL COURT: ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAWS PROTECT DACA RECIPIENTS

On the cusp of a critical presidential announcement of broadened affirmative relief for immigrants currently unprotected by law, an important decision emanated from federal court last week.

November 18, 2014   LGBT AND CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS: DON'T EXCLUDE LGBT IMMIGRANTS FROM AFFIRMATIVE RELIEF

LGBT and civil rights organizations strongly urge President Obama not to exclude long-resident LGBT individuals from the forthcoming program of administrative relief to protect from deportation some of the nation's population.

November 12, 2014   MALDEF CHALLENGES DISCRIMINATORY VOTING SYSTEM IN PASADENA, TEXAS

Today, MALDEF filed suit against the City of Pasadena, Texas, challenging the city's new voting system, which was adopted last November in a close election.

November 10, 2014   FEDERAL COURT REJECTS LATEST ATTEMPT TO CREATE DIFFERENT CLASSES OF CONSTITUENTS THROUGH EXCLUSIONARY REDISTRICTING

Last week, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed Evenwel v. Perry, a lawsuit which attempted to force the Texas Legislature to redraw its Senate District boundaries based on the voting electorate rather than total population numbers.

November 7, 2014   MALDEF PREVAILS IN TENTH CIRCUIT: WINS DECISION THAT KANSAS AND ARIZONA CANNOT BURDEN VOTER REGISTRATIONS

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed a decision by the federal district court in Kansas, which ordered the federal government to add onerous voter registration requirements to the federal voter registration form.

November 5, 2014   NATIONAL LATINO LEADERS CALL ON PRESIDENT TO FULFILL PROMISE WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY TO HALT DEPORTATIONS FOR MILLIONS

The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 39 of the nation's preeminent Latino organizations, calls on President Barack Obama not to delay in fulfilling his promise to grant affirmative relief from deportation to as broad a range of undocumented immigrants as possible.

October 30, 2014   MALDEF POSITION ON ILLINOIS BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

Although midterm elections too often receive less attention than presidential elections, this November, voters nationwide will cast ballots to elect significant state and national leaders.

October 27, 2014   JUDGE ONCE AGAIN REJECTS DEFENDANTS' REQUEST FOR NEW TRIAL IN MALDEF WESTMINSTER POLICE CASE

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California once again rejected a request for a new trial in the Flores v. City of Westminster case late last week.

October 24, 2014   SANTA FE COURT DECLARES EDUCATION A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT AND ALLOWS LANDMARK EDUCATION CASE TO MOVE FORWARD

Yesterday, Judge Sarah Singleton, in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico, rejected the State's Motion to Dismiss in Martinez v. State of New Mexico, a case brought by MALDEF on behalf of parents and students who are low-income, English Language Learners ("ELL"), and/or receiving special education services.

October 14, 2014   MALDEF POSITION ON OREGON BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

Although midterm elections too often receive less attention than presidential elections, this November, voters nationwide will cast ballots to elect significant state and national leaders.

October 10, 2014   CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS SEEK TO COMPEL KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TO ELIMINATE DISCRIMINATORY SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICIES

A coalition of civil rights legal advocates, including MALDEF, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., Equal Justice Society, and Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., today filed suit in Kern County Superior Court to compel Kern High School District (KHSD) to eliminate a variety of discriminatory disciplinary policies and practices that disproportionately impact students of color.

October 9, 2014   LATINO VICTORY FOUNDATION, NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND, LEADING CIVIL RIGHTS AND LABOR ORGANIZATIONS JOIN TOGETHER TO MOBILIZE VOTERS IN WAKE OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT EFFORTS

The Latino Victory Foundation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, National Education Association, and Labor Council For Latin American Advancement/National Hispanic Leadership Agenda gathered today to mobilize Latino voters across the nation to fight anti-immigrant efforts.

October 8, 2014   MALDEF AND NDLON FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY AND POLICE DEPARTMENT OF BALDWIN PARK FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA TRUST ACT

MALDEF, together with co-counsel from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California at Irvine School of Law, today filed a lawsuit, Flores v. City of Baldwin Park, alleging that the Baldwin Park Police Department and the City of Baldwin Park unlawfully imprisoned Sergio Flores at the Baldwin Park Police station, detaining him solely on the basis of an "immigration hold," in violation of the California TRUST Act.

October 6, 2014   MALDEF FILES LAWSUIT TO PROTECT CARWASHEROS FIRED IN ACT OF ILLEGAL EMPLOYER RETALIATION

MALDEF and the Wage Justice Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of two car wash workers -- "Carwasheros" as they identify themselves -- who were fired after participating in a wage class action suit against their employers.

October 2, 2014   MALDEF AND OTHER GROUPS FILE COMPLAINT DETAILING SEXUAL ABUSE, EXTORTION, AND HARASSMENT OF WOMEN AT ICE FAMILY DETENTION CENTER IN KARNES CITY

Attorneys from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), the Immigration Rights and Civil Rights Clinics at the University of Texas Law School, Human Rights First, and the Law Office of Javier N. Maldonado, filed a complaint earlier this week with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding the immediate investigation of and swift response to widespread allegations of sexual abuse and harassment at the detention center in Karnes City.

August 28, 2014   TRAVIS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT DECLARES CURRENT TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE SYSTEM UNCONSTITUTIONAL--AGAIN

Today, Travis County District Court Judge John K. Dietz issued his final judgment, declaring the current Texas school finance system inadequate, unsuitable, and inequitable for Texas school children under Article VII, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution, and in violation of the prohibition on a state ad valorem tax under Article VIII, Section 1-e.

August 26, 2014   CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS FILE ADMINISTRATIVE COMPLAINT AGAINST KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND KERN COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

A group of civil rights advocates including California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., Equal Justice Society, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc., and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today filed an administrative complaint with the California Department of Education ("State") demanding that it directly intervene and investigate the illegal school funding allocations of over 6 million dollars by the Kern High School District ("Kern District") and Kern County Office of Education ("Kern County").

August 22, 2014   MALDEF, CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS URGE PRESIDENT TO ENSURE AFFIRMATIVE RELIEF FOR UNDOCUMENTED LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS

MALDEF and twelve other LGBTQ, Latino, and Asian American advocacy and civil rights organizations yesterday sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to ensure that any affirmative relief for undocumented immigrants does not unfairly exclude members of the LGBTQ community.

August 13, 2014   JUDGE UPHOLDS MALDEF WESTMINSTER POLICE VERDICT

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California rejected a request for a new trial in the Flores v. City of Westminster case earlier this week.

July 22, 2014   TEXAS APPLESEED AND MALDEF FILE FEDERAL COMPLAINT CHALLENGING LEAGUE CITY RESOLUTION THAT BANS CHILD REFUGEES

A complaint filed today with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development challenges a resolution passed by League City, Texas, that denies housing to child refugees in their city.

July 15, 2014   FIFTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HOLISTIC ADMISSIONS PROGRAM

Today, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the University of Texas at Austin's holistic admissions plan, affirming the university's ability to consider the race of an applicant as one of many factors in its admissions decisions.

July 14, 2014   MALDEF FILES SUIT AGAINST CITY OF BELLFLOWER FOR VIOLATING CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Today, MALDEF, together with the law firm of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, and the Law Offices of Robert Rubin, filed suit against the City of Bellflower for violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 ("CVRA").

July 9, 2014   CITY OF MERCED AGREES TO LET VOTERS DECIDE THIS NOVEMBER ON BY-DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Late last night, the City of Merced voted to place on the November ballot an ordinance that would change the at-large election system to a by-district system for each of the six seats on the Merced City Council.

July 2, 2014   MALDEF SUES MICHIGAN COMPANIES FOR IMMIGRATION FRAUD AND LABOR VIOLATIONS

Today, MALDEF filed suit in federal court in the Eastern District of Michigan against Systems USA Inc. and Systems USA Consulting LLC for violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Michigan "Minimum Wage Law."

June 12, 2014   MALDEF AMENDS LANDMARK SUIT TO ADDRESS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW MEXICO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Today, MALDEF filed an amended complaint in Martinez v. State of New Mexico, adding claims seeking equal educational opportunity for students with disabilities in the state.

June 12, 2014   MALDEF AND PARTNERS RELEASE REPORT DETAILING RECENT VOTER DISCRIMINATION TARGETING LATINO COMMUNITY

Two weeks before the one-year anniversary of the infamous Shelby County v Holder Supreme Court decision, which dealt a severe blow to every American's voting rights by incapacitating a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA), MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), and National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), today released a new policy report that details the far-reaching discrimination faced by Latino voters in recent election cycles.

June 10, 2014   MALDEF AND META FILE CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY AND INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Today, MALDEF and the Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy, Inc. (META), filed federal court papers on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), seeking to require that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and two individual school districts, the Southwest and North East Independent School Districts in San Antonio, effectively monitor, implement, enforce and supervise programs for ELLs.

June 10, 2014   MALDEF FILES FEDERAL SUIT CHALLENGING SOUTH CAROLINA DISCRIMINATION AGAINST U.S. CITIZEN

Today, MALDEF filed Rocha Herrera v. Finan in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina Spartanburg Division, against the board members of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, asserting that they violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

June 4, 2014   CHALLENGE TO SANTA MARIA ELECTION SYSTEM MOVES FORWARD

Judge James Rigali of the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Barbara has scheduled a June 17, 2014 hearing in Putney v. Garietz.

May 20, 2014   STAY EXTENDED IN VOTER REGISTRATION CASE: TENTH CIRCUIT BLOCKS ERRONEOUS KANSAS COURT ORDER PENDING APPEAL

The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has granted MALDEF's request for a stay of a recent court order that disrupts the national system of registering voters in federal elections.

May 6, 2014   MALDEF CO-RELEASES REPORT HIGHLIGHTING UNPRECEDENTED DEPORTATION NUMBERS

MALDEF, together with the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), today released a report that assesses the unprecedented deportation rate of the last six-years, the devastating impact these deportations have had on vulnerable Latino families, and seeks to outline actions toward a more fair and just immigration policy in the United States.

April 22, 2014   MALDEF SECURES ACCESS TO COURT FOR CARWASHEROS IN CHALLENGE TO UNFAIR WORKING CONDITIONS

MALDEF prevailed in its efforts to ensure access to court in an ongoing class action lawsuit filed on behalf of employees-or "Carwasheros," as they identify themselves- of three car washes operating in Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

April 11, 2014   MALDEF WELCOMES TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DECISION ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATERIALS FOR ETHNIC STUDIES COURSES

Today, MALDEF congratulated the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) for its approval of a measure asking publishers to develop instructional materials for locally developed courses next year in Mexican American, African American, Native American, and Asian American Studies.

April 7, 2014   ARIZONA SUPERIOR COURT GRANTS MALDEF MOTION TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF DACA STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION CASE

The state court considering an unusual case in which Arizona is suing one of its own community college districts for recognizing that Arizonans should be treated equally, has granted MALDEF's motion to intervene to represent Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students attending the Maricopa County College District (MCCD).

April 4, 2014   APPEAL DOCKETED TO STOP ERRONEOUS KANSAS COURT ORDER FROM BLOCKING VOTER PARTICIPATION

MALDEF has appealed a recent court order that disrupts the national system of registering voters in federal elections.

April 2, 2014   MALDEF GIVES WARNING TO CITY OF MERCED THAT AT-LARGE ELECTIONS VIOLATE CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT

MALDEF today sent a letter to Merced, California Mayor Stan Thurston warning that the use of an at-large election system for the election of candidates to the Merced City Council is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA).

April 2, 2014   MALDEF SUPPORTS CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD VOTE TO COMPLY WITH CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS ACT AND CREATE SINGLE MEMBER VOTING DISTRICTS

The Val Verde Unified School District (Val Verde USD) Board of Education voted unanimously last night to move from an at-large to a district-based election system for Board of Education elections.

April 1, 2014   MALDEF CHALLENGES NEW MEXICO'S DENIAL OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO EDUCATION IN MOST COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY LAWSUIT YET FILED

In the first case of its kind filed in the State, MALDEF today filed a lawsuit, Louise Martinez v State of New Mexico, seeking to establish education as a fundamental right and to ensure that New Mexico's at-risk children are provided a sufficient education as required under the New Mexico Constitution.

March 21, 2014   MALDEF FILES EMPLOYMENT SUIT AGAINST ILLINOIS NUT PROCESSING PLANT

Today, MALDEF filed suit, in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois, against Illinois nut processing company, John B Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (aka Fisher Nuts), for violating the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and unlawfully terminating a Latino employee two days after he was diagnosed with cancer.

March 14, 2014   MALDEF MOVES FORWARD IN SEEKING DAMAGES FOR MINOR IN MARYLAND UNLAWFUL ARREST AND DETENTION CASE

Crisfield, Maryland Patrolman Lawrence Daisey this week answered a lawsuit filed against him for unlawfully arresting and detaining a 12-year-old who accidentally broke a laundromat window in Somerset County in December 2010.

March 7, 2014   JURY AWARDS MILLIONS TO LATINO POLICE OFFICERS IN MALDEF SUIT AGAINST OC POLICE DEPARTMENT

MALDEF has secured victory in Flores v. City of Westminster, a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California in which attorneys successfully asserted the rights of three accomplished Latino police officers who were consistently denied coveted promotions and special assignments in retaliation for their complaints of discrimination.

March 5, 2014   MALDEF PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL, THOMAS A. SAENZ REACTS TO THE SENATE'S FAILURE TO CONFIRM RESPECTED CIVIL RIGHTS LAWYER, DEBO ADEGBILE

Today, in a 47-52 vote, the U.S. Senate refused to end a filibuster, and thus failed to confirm respected civil rights attorney, Debo Adegbile, as Assistant Attorney General to lead the civil rights division of the U.S Department of Justice.

March 3, 2014   SUPREME COURT RULING IN FARMERS BRANCH, TX CASE BAD SIGN FOR DEFENDERS OF FREMONT, NEBRASKA ANTI-IMMIGRANT HOUSING ORDINANCE

MALDEF, counsel in challenges to nearly identical local anti-immigrant housing ordinances in Nebraska and Texas, welcomed today's U.S. Supreme Court decision refusing to review a decision by the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Farmers Branch, Texas tenant-licensing ordinance is an unconstitutional intrusion on the exclusive federal authority to regulate immigration.

February 27, 2014   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER, DR. HENRY J. CASSO

MALDEF mourns the loss of Dr. Henry J. Casso at age 82. Dr. Casso, a renowned civil rights advocate and MALDEF founding Board Member, dedicated himself to eradicating poverty and improving the lives of Latinos across the nation.

February 14, 2014   MALDEF's 2014 "Latino State of the Union" to Address Critical Public Policy Issues Facing the Latino Community

On Thursday, February 20, 2014, MALDEF will host its 2014 Latino State of the Union at the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New York.

February 7, 2014   MALDEF PRESENTS CLOSING ARGUMENT IN CASE DEFENDING RIGHTS OF TEXAS SCHOOL CHILDREN

Today at 2 pm CST, MALDEF will present closing argument before the Travis County District Court in Austin, showing that the Texas public school finance system remains inequitable and inadequate.

January 27, 2014   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF ADELFA CALLEJO, FORMER VICE CHAIR OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MALDEF mourns the loss of Dallas civil rights leader and one of its former Board members, Adelfa Botello Callejo. Callejo was an attorney, civic leader and one of the most-respected Hispanic activists in the country.

January 22, 2014   TRIAL BEGINS IN MALDEF EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION SUIT AGAINST ORANGE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, in a suit against the city of Westminster, California, MALDEF will commence trial, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California before the Honorable David O. Carter, to defend the rights of three accomplished Latino police officers who were consistently denied coveted promotions and special assignments because of their national origin.

January 17, 2014   MALDEF RETURNS TO COURT TO DEFEND RIGHTS OF TEXAS SCHOOL CHILDREN

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, MALDEF will return to court to demonstrate that the Texas public school finance system remains inequitable and inadequate.

January 16, 2014   MALDEF WELCOMES INTRODUCTION OF BIPARTISAN VOTING RIGHTS BILL, SEEKS NECESSARY IMPROVEMENT

Today, former Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), ranking Judiciary Committee member John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., and a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers introduced HR 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-VT has filed identical legislation in the Senate.

January 8, 2014   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF COLLABORATOR, ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST CARMEN ZAPATA

MALDEF mourns the loss of Carmen Zapata, an accomplished character actress on TV, film and the stage, MALDEF honoree, and a leading force in showcasing Latino culture in Los Angeles.

November 20, 2013   MALDEF SEEKS TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF DACA STUDENTS IN ARIZONA HIGHER EDUCATION LAWSUIT

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), together with the Ortega Law Firm and Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally, PLC, today filed a motion in Maricopa County Superior Court seeking permission to intervene and defend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students at the center of a dispute between the State of Arizona and the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board ("MCCCD").

November 6, 2013   MALDEF OPPOSES DISCRIMINATORY VOTING CHANGE PASSED BY TEXAS TOWN

Last night, the town of Pasadena, Texas narrowly passed a measure known as Proposition 1 that would reduce its eight single-member voting districts to six, and create two at-large seats.

October 30, 2013   MALDEF POSITION ON NEW JERSEY BALLOT QUESTION

Last November, the Latino community and its allies exercised a substantial and oft-remarked impact on the presidential election, resulting in renewed federal interest in addressing the policy priorities of the Latino community.

October 5, 2013   MALDEF APPLAUDS CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR BROWN'S SIGNING OF THE TRUST ACT

Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, released the following statement in response to California Governor Jerry Brown's signing of the TRUST Act.

September 27, 2013   MALDEF MOURNS THE PASSING OF LATINO LEADER JOSE ERNESTO MONTOYA

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) today mourns the loss of Chicano icon, Jose Ernesto Montoya, beloved father of MALDEF Vice President Gina Montoya, MALDEF National Board Member, Carlos Montoya and actor/writer Culture Clash co-founder Richard Montoya.

August 20, 2013   MALDEF FILES DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST POMONA COLLEGE

Today, MALDEF filed suit, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, against Pomona College for race and gender discrimination. MALDEF represents Alma Martinez, a former Pomona professor denied tenure despite a proven track record of successfully meeting her duties through six years of employment with the college and a unanimous departmental recommendation that she be promoted to a fully tenured position.

July 25, 2013   MALDEF LOOKS FORWARD TO SECOND PHASE OF EDUCATION DISCRIMINATION CASE AFTER VICTORY IN TRIAL

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held a hearing in McFadden v. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46, to discuss the remedy phase after ruling in favor of the Plaintiffs in their discrimination lawsuit.

July 24, 2013   MALDEF ASKS COURT TO BLOCK NEBRASKA FROM DENYING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO YOUTH PROTECTED UNDER FEDERAL DACA PROGRAM

Today, MALDEF's Midwest Regional Office in Chicago filed a motion for preliminary injunction in a U.S. District Court in Nebraska. MALDEF asked the court to stop the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from enforcing the policy and practice of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has authorized to remain in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program.

July 23, 2013   FOURTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS DECISION TO BLOCK KEY PORTIONS OF SOUTH CAROLINA ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to block key components of SB 20, South Carolina’s Arizona-style anti-immigrant law.

July 23, 2013   THE FULL FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT STRIKES DOWN DISCRIMINATORY, ANTI-IMMIGRANT ORDINANCE IN FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS

In a 9-5 ruling issued Monday, the full United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit struck down an anti-immigrant, discriminatory ordinance in Farmers Branch, Texas that would have prohibited landlords from renting to immigrants that the city deemed unlawfully present and authorized arrest and prosecution of landlords and tenants found in violation of the law.

June 28, 2013   MALDEF DENOUNCES APPELLATE RULING ALLOWING CITY OF FREMONT, NEBRASKA TO DENY HOUSING TO IMMIGRANTS

Today, a panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Keller v. City of Fremont, a case challenging the constitutionality of an ordinance that seeks to prohibit the rental of housing by private landlords to “illegal aliens” and “unauthorized aliens.”

June 26, 2013   MALDEF RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DOMA AND PROPOSITION 8 RULINGS

Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings striking down DOMA and preventing enforcement of California’s Proposition 8...

June 25, 2013   SUPREME COURT DECISION PULLING BACK ON VOTING RIGHTS HARMS LATINO VOTERS

Today, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. The Court struck down as unconstitutional a portion of the law used to identify states and localities that must follow special procedures before implementing changes in their voting systems.

June 24, 2013   U.S. SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS CONSIDERATION OF RACE BY UNIVERSITIES, BUT REQUIRES FURTHER COURT REVIEW OF UT-AUSTIN'S ADMISSION PLAN

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Fisher v. Texas, affirming public universities' right to consider the race of an applicant for admission as part of a holistic review of the applicant’s file, but held that the University of Texas at Austin’s undergraduate admissions plan requires further review in the lower courts to determine if it complies with the Court’s restrictions on such policies.

June 17, 2013   MALDEF VICTORIOUS IN U.S. SUPREME COURT "MOTOR VOTER" CASE

Today, in a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona voters who challenged that state’s restrictions on voter registration, concluding that Arizona’s Proposition 200 must yield to the National Voter Registration Act. MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) filed the original lawsuit on behalf of voters in the case decided today as Arizona v. ITCA.

May 28, 2013   COLORADO SUPREME COURT FAILS TO PROVIDE REMEDY FOR UNDERSERVED STUDENTS IN LANDMARK SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

Today, in a 4-2 decision, the Colorado Supreme Court reversed a Denver District Court’s opinion in Lobato/Ortega v. Colorado that Colorado’s public school finance system is “irrational, arbitrary, and severely underfunded.” The Supreme Court held that the state’s arbitrary school finance system complies with the Colorado constitution, concluding that the system is “thorough and uniform” across the state and provides for local control over instruction in schools.

May 24, 2013   FEDERAL COURT RULES ARIZONA SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO VIOLATED UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on racial profiling and illegal detentions to target Latinos, a federal district court said today. The ruling comes following a three-week trial in July and August 2012 over a pattern of unlawful practices by Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on immigration sweeps and traffic stops.

May 20, 2013   MALDEF PREVAILS IN LAWSUIT CHALLENGING LEAGUE CITY’S ANTI-SOLICITATION POLICY

MALDEF has secured victory in a lawsuit filed in federal district court, challenging League City’s local policy and practices targeting day laborers and their First Amendment right to seek employment in public areas, as well as a state statute that prohibited solicitation of employment. MALDEF filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Jornaleros de las Palmas, an association of day laborers whose members have been restricted from peaceably expressing their need and availability for employment in the City’s public areas due to the policy and the state law.

May 15, 2013   MALDEF AND POLICYLINK RELEASE PUBLIC SAFETY POLICY AGENDA

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund , the nation’s leading Latino civil rights legal organization, and PolicyLink, a national research and action institute, have released a public safety policy agenda in response to an alarming finding in a recent survey of urban Latinos. The research revealed that at least 40 percent of urban Latinos are less likely to provide information to police because they fear exposing themselves, family or friends to a risk of deportation.

May 15, 2013   MALDEF JOINS IN CALLING ON PRESIDENT TO SUSPEND DEPORTATIONS AS CONGRESS DEBATES IMMIGRATION REFORM

MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, joined representatives from other immigrant rights groups in a telebriefing for the press earlier this week to urge President Obama to immediately suspend deportations of those potentially eligible for legalization while Congress deliberates on immigration reform. More than 410,000 were deported last year, the most ever.

May 7, 2013   MALDEF REPRESENTS DREAMERS IN SEEKING TO DEFEND DACA FROM FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGE

MALDEF filed for intervention yesterday in Crane v. Napolitano, a federal lawsuit in which ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are seeking to block the implementation of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

April 10, 2013   MALDEF JOINS FORCES WITH GOLDSTEIN, BORGEN, DARDARIAN & HO TO CHALLENGE ABC USD IN DEFENSE OF CALIFORNIA VOTING RIGHTS

MALDEF today joined forces with Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho to file suit against ABC Unified School District (ABC USD) for violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2001.

April 1, 2013   MALDEF COLLABORATES WITH NEWLY FORMED HONOR 41 TO RECOGNIZE LATINO LGBTQ ACTIVISTS

MALDEF is proud to collaborate with Honor 41, a national non-profit LGBTQ organization that recognizes outstanding Latina/o leaders in the LGBTQ community.

Mar 18, 2013   MALDEF RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT ORAL ARGUEMENT IN CASE IT FILED CHALLENGING ARIZONA VOTER REGISTRATION RESTRICTIONS

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) is confident following today’s oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court in Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (Arizona v. ITCA).

Mar 18, 2013   MALDEF CHALLENGES ARIZONA PROPOSITION 200 AT U.S. SUPREME COURT

A twenty-year old, and highly successful, federal voter registration law known as "Motor Voter" is at issue in a legal battle that MALDEF has been leading and winning for nearly seven years. The challenge to Arizona's Proposition 200, enacted in 2004, has made its way to the United States Supreme Court.

Mar 11, 2013   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF MEXICAN AMERICAN LEADER RAYMOND L. TELLES

MALDEF mourns the loss of Mexican American leader and pioneer Raymond L. Telles. Telles was the first Mexican American mayor of a major city and is credited with opening the path to high political offices for other Latinos nationwide by running the city of El Paso successfully during his two terms.

Mar 4, 2013   VICTORY FOR FIRST AMENDMENT: NINTH CIRCUIT BLOCKS ANTI-DAY LABOR, ANTI-SPEECH PROVISIONS ON SB 1070

Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the provisions of SB 1070, Arizona’s anti-immigrant racial profiling law, that seek to criminalize the solicitation of day labor work, should remain blocked.

Mar 1, 2013   EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: CARMEN LEIJA

In many ways, Carmen M. Leija reflects the very corazón of MALDEF – quite appropriate given the fact that she joined the organization on Valentine’s Day in 1983.

Feb 26, 2013   KCETLINK PARTNERS WITH MALDEF TO PRODUCE PROGRAMMING DEDICATED TO ADVANCING LATINO SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE U.S.

National independent public transmedia company KCETLink, and MALDEF, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization, have announced a partnership to curate and produce programming that spotlights key social justice issues and cultural narratives of the U.S. Latino experience to a national audience on KCET and Link TV.

Feb 26, 2013   NATION’S TOP HISPANIC CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS JOIN GLOBAL BOYCOTT OF HYATT HOTELS

Today, MALDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza), joined a global boycott of Hyatt hotels in response to widespread evidence of harmful working conditions for hotel housekeepers, who are predominantly women of color, including Latinas.

Feb 7, 2013   MALDEF, TUCSON STUDENTS TRIUMPH AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN HISTORIC DESEGREGATION CASE

Yesterday Judge David C. Bury ruled in favor of Latino plaintiffs in the longstanding desegregation lawsuit against the Tucson Unified School District (“TUSD”), filed by MALDEF in 1974 in federal district court in Tucson, Arizona.

Feb 4, 2013   MALDEF SECURES COURT VICTORY ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN IN TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

After more than three months of testimony, Travis County District Court Judge John K. Dietz announced his ruling from the bench, holding that the Texas public school finance system is arbitrary, inequitable and inadequate under the Texas Constitution and that low-wealth school districts lack local control over their tax rates.

Jan 29, 2013   MALDEF RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION

President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, Issues Statement in response to President Obama’s speech on immigration today:

Jan 28, 2013   MALDEF REACTS TO BIPARTISAN SENATE FRAMEWORK AS POSITIVE STARTING POINT ON NEEDED IMMIGRATION REFORM IN 2013

MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement today in response to today’s announcement of a bipartisan framework for immigration reform:

Jan 14, 2013   MALDEF FILES BRIEF IN CASE UNDER MOTOR VOTER LAW AT U.S. SUPREME COURT

MALDEF filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court today in Arizona v. ITCA, the longstanding challenge to Proposition 200, Arizona’s 2004 law imposing burdensome documentation requirements on new voter registrants.

Dec 19, 2012   MALDEF VICE PRESIDENT OF LITIGATION, NINA PERALES, TESTIFIES BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Nina Perales, MALDEF Vice President of Litigation, testified today before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing titled, "The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election." Ms. Perales joined Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter.

Dec 6, 2012   MALDEF SECURES RELEASE OF UNREDACTED RECORDS IN RUBÉN SALAZAR CASE

On Tuesday, MALDEF settled its lawsuit against Sheriff Lee Baca and the County of Los Angeles challenging the Sheriff’s attempt to withhold unredacted records regarding the 1970 killing of prominent journalist, Rubén Salazar. MALDEF represents Phillip Rodriguez, a noted documentary filmmaker, who requested the documents as part of his research for the documentary film that tells the story of the life and mysterious death of the prominent civil rights era journalist.

November 29, 2012   MALDEF, CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION CHALLENGE ARIZONA POLICY DENYING DRIVER'S LICENSES TO IMMIGRANT YOUTH

A coalition of civil rights organizations today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth even though they have grown up in the United States and are authorized to live and work here.

November 15, 2012   FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS MOST OF SOUTH CAROLINA'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW

A federal court today blocked key provisions of South Carolina's anti-immigrant law and recognized that harms could take place if police officers check people's immigration status, inviting additional challenges of civil rights abuses.

November 12, 2012   MALDEF JOINS IN FILING DRAFT PLAN TO DESEGREGATE AND IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR LATINO STUDENTS IN TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

On November 9, 2012, MALDEF joined in filing a draft plan with the federal District Court in Fisher, et al., Mendoza, et al. v. Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), that is a blueprint for improving educational outcomes for Latino students and is intended to resolve a longstanding desegregation lawsuit against the District.

November 4, 2012   MALDEF COMBATS VOTE SUPPRESSION IN LEAD-UP TO ELECTION DAY

In key states, Latino voters are confronted with illegal voting barriers that threaten their ability to cast ballots on Election Day.

November 2, 2012   MALDEF ANNOUNCES POSITIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS ON SELECT BALLOT PROPOSITIONS IN KEY STATES

Over the last three weeks, MALDEF has released state-by-state endorsements on ballot measures to subscribers from each state. Below, we release nationally all of the positions MALDEF has taken for the upcoming November 6 election.

October 31, 2012   LA POSTURA DE MALDEF SOBRE PROPUESTAS ELECTORALES DE CALIFORNIA

Este noviembre enfrentamos una elección crítica en la que los niveles altos de participación por todas partes pueden mandar un mensaje poderoso sobre la importancia de la comunidad Latina y su opinión política.

October 31, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON TWO MONTANA REFERENDUMS

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 29, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON MAINE BALLOT QUESTION

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 29, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON OKLAHOMA BALLOT QUESTION

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 26, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON WASHINGTON'S REFERENDUM MEASURE

While the referendum developed long ago as a "progressive" reform, it is too often used by those who oppose progressive legal change to challenge positive measures adopted by the legislature.

October 26, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON TWO MINNESOTA AMENDMENTS

While generally categorized as a progressive reform procedure, too often the referendum is used by those who oppose progressive legal change to challenge positive measures adopted by a legislature.

October 24, 2012   MALDEF CALLS FIRST WITNESS TO THE STAND IN TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE CASE: SUPERINTENDENT ANTONIO LIMON

MALDEF Seeking Equal Funding for All Texas Students, Including Low Income and English Language Learner Children

October 15, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON MARYLAND BALLOT QUESTIONS

While generally categorized as a progressive reform procedure, too often the referendum is used by those who oppose progressive legal change to challenge positive measures adopted by a legislature.

October 11, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON CALIFORNIA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 3, 2012   MALDEF SECURES DEMISE OF NEW MEXICO’S DISCRIMINATORY RESIDENCY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM TARGETING IMMIGRANTS

Today, MALDEF and the New Mexico law firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan (Freedman Boyd) secured a permanent injunction against New Mexico's "Foreign National Residency Certification Program."

September 27, 2012   THE PARENT ORGANIZATION NETWORK (PON) EVENT WILL INCREASE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AMONG MINORITY PARENTS

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Parent Organization Network (PON) will host its first Bridging the Parent-School Gap 2012 – 2013, Learning Series event at East Los Angeles Community College.

September 21, 2012   ACTION ALERT: MALDEF URGES YOU TO CALL GOVERNOR BROWN TO SIGN TRUST ACT

In California, many of us remember the infamous anti-immigrant Proposition 187, enacted in 1994, that would have affected the lives of every resident by imposing draconian requirements on all public servants to deny services and report all "reasonably suspected" undocumented immigrants to immigration authorities.

September 18, 2012   THE SEVENTH ANNUAL LATINA/O EDUCATION SUMMIT

The annual CSRC Latina/o Education Summit addresses topics not typically covered in academic discourse on the education of U.S. Latinos.

September 11, 2012   RONSTADT GENERATIONS RELEASES "AMERICA, OUR HOME," A COLLECTION OF PATRIOTIC SONGS EXPRESSING LATINO PRIDE IN AMERICA, WITH PART OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MALDEF

MALDEF is proud to support the release of "America, Our Home," a new collection of American patriotic songs recorded in Mexican musical styles by the group Ronstadt Generations to express the ongoing pride of the Latino community in the United States.

September 5, 2012   FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS PART OF ARIZONA'S ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW; ALLOWS 'SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS' PROVISION TO STAND FOR NOW

A federal district court today blocked a provision in Arizona's anti-immigrant law that aimed to criminalize friends and family members who engage in everyday activities with undocumented immigrants, but failed to block section 2B of SB 1070, which forces police officers to demand "papers" of those they believe are in the country unlawfully.

August 30, 2012   MALDEF BLOCKS TEXAS’ DISCRIMINATORY VOTER-ID LAW IN FEDERAL COURT

Today, a federal court in Washington DC issued a ruling in Texas v. Holder denying preclearance under the Voting Rights Act for Texas' proposed voter ID law.

August 28, 2012   FEDERAL COURT BLOCKS TEXAS REDISTRICTING PLANS

Earlier today, a three-judge federal panel issued a ruling in Texas v. United States denying preclearance under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for three Texas statewide redistricting plans.

August 17, 2012   WATCH "INOCENTE" A YOUNG WOMAN DEALING WITH HOMELESSNESS AND IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES ON MTV TONIGHT AT 10/9C

The documentary "Inocente" is an extraordinary film, raising at once issues of arts education, homelessness, family violence, and immigration reform through its focus on a young woman with an amazingly compelling story.

August 15, 2012   MALDEF SECURES COURT ORDER UPHOLDING FEDERAL LAW IN ARIZONA VOTER REGISTRATION

Today, MALDEF won a court order instructing Arizona to stop requiring additional paperwork from citizens who submit a federal voter registration form to register to vote.

July 27, 2012   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF LEGENDARY MEXICAN AMERICAN ACTRESS, LUPE ONTIVEROS

Today, MALDEF is saddened at the passing yesterday of pioneering Mexican American actress, Lupe Ontiveros. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Ontiveros starred in several iconic Latino roles throughout her decades-long career.

July 20, 2012   MALDEF, DREAM BAR ASSOCIATION, AND OTHERS URGE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT TO ADMIT UNDOCUMENTED LAW GRADUATE TO STATE BAR

In the first case of its kind pending before the California Supreme Court, MALDEF, the Dream Bar Association, and a coalition of civil rights and legal groups have submitted an amicus brief in the matter of In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission to support undocumented law school graduate Sergio C. Garcia’s application to join the California Bar.

July 17, 2012   CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS ASK FEDERAL COURT TO BLOCK REMAINING SECTION OF ARIZONA’S RACIAL PROFILING LAW

Damaging Provision of SB 1070 Could Take Effect in a Few Days Without Court Action

July 16, 2012   MALDEF, LOS ANGELES CAPITAL GRILLE WORKERS FILE LAWSUIT AGAINST DARDEN RESTAURANT GROUP

Workers at California Capital Grille restaurants were deprived of wages and rest breaks according to a complaint filed today by MALDEF against Darden Restaurants, owner of Capital Grille, Red Lobster, and Olive Garden.

July 11, 2012   MALDEF WORKS IN D.C. COURT TO HALT RESTRICTIVE VOTER ID LAW THAT DISENFRANCHISES LATINO VOTERS

Representing a coalition of community partners, MALDEF intervened in a federal lawsuit between Texas and the United States over Texas's passage of a discriminatory voter identification law that would keep minorities and others from exercising their right to vote.

July 2, 2012   RONSTADT GENERATIONS RELEASES "AMERICA, OUR HOME," A COLLECTION OF PATRIOTIC SONGS EXPRESSING LATINO PRIDE IN AMERICA, WITH PART OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MALDEF

MALDEF is proud to support the release of "America, Our Home," a new collection of American patriotic songs recorded in Mexican musical styles by the group Ronstadt Generations to express the ongoing pride of the Latino community in the United States.

June 28, 2012   SUPREME COURT DENIES ARIZONA LAST-DITCH EFFORT TO BLOCK USE OF FEDERAL VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Today, the United States Supreme Court issued an order rejecting the State of Arizona's attempt to avoid a Ninth Circuit ruling that the state must accept the federal voter registration form in advance of the coming 2012 elections.

June 28, 2012   NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION TO ARIZONA GOV. BREWER: SB1070 RACIAL PROFILING PROVISION IS STILL ENJOINED

The coalition representing the plaintiffs in the ongoing civil rights legal challenge to SB 1070, Friendly House v. Whiting, sent a letter to counsel for all defendants, including Governor Brewer, explaining that SB1070 's racial profiling provision, Section 2 (B), cannot be implemented unless a federal court dissolves the injunction.

June 25, 2012   MEDIA SPIN CANNOT OBSCURE FAILURE OF SB 1070 AND ITS ILK, SAYS MALDEF PRESIDENT

Many of the proponents of Arizona's notorious SB 1070, including Governor Jan Brewer, have attempted to spin today's 5-3 Supreme Court decision striking down three provisions and leaving a fourth with high obstacles in front of implementation, as a victory for the purveyors of such legislation.

June 25, 2012   MALDEF RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION IN ARIZONA CASE

Today the Supreme Court affirmed an injunction against three of the four core SB 1070 provisions (Sections 3, 5(C), and 6) before the Court, and narrowly limited the possible implementation of the notorious reasonable suspicion/racial profiling provision (Section 2(B)).

June 15, 2012   THOMAS A. SAENZ RESPONDS TO THE PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH

Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to provide relief to undocumented youth who have lived in the United States for most of their lives.

June 14, 2012   JUDGE BARS STATE INTERVENTION IN TUCSON DESEGREGATION CASE

Today, a Tucson federal court barred the State of Arizona from intervening in an ongoing school desegregation case involving discrimination against Latino students by the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD).

May 21, 2012   MALDEF FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA CAR WASHES

Seeks Unpaid Wages and Restitution for “Carwasheros” Forced to Work without Breaks and “Off the Clock”

May 10, 2012   MALDEF ISSUES STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s announcement by President Barack Obama of his personal support for marriage equality:

May 9, 2012   FEDERAL COURT REJECTS ARIZONA VIGILANTE ROGER BARNETT'S FINAL ATTEMPT TO AVOID PAYING FOR ATTACK ON IMMIGRANTS

Today, MALDEF lauded a decision by Senior U.S District Judge, Frank Zapata, denying Arizona vigilante Roger Barnett’s latest attempt to avoid paying punitive damages to a group of immigrants he attacked in 2004.

May 2, 2012   MALDEF SUES BURGER KING CORPORATION FOR HIV DISCRIMINATION

Today, MALDEF filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Burger King Corporation for violating Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) by discriminating against a former district manager who was terminated after Burger King learned of his HIV status.

April 23, 2012   MALDEF FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST SHERIFF BACA FOR REFUSAL TO RELEASE RECORDS IN RUBEN SALAZAR CASE

Today MALDEF filed a petition for writ of mandate to compel Sheriff Lee Baca to release public records relating to the death of Ruben Salazar.

April 17, 2012   MALDEF WINS NINTH CIRCUIT DECISION UPHOLDING ABILITY OF U.S. CITIZENS IN ARIZONA TO REGISTER TO VOTE

Today, MALDEF welcomed the Ninth Circuit's en banc ruling in Gonzalez v. State of Arizona, striking down critical provisions of an Arizona law that restricted voter access.

April 10, 2012   MALDEF SEEKS JUSTICE FOR CENTRAL VALLEY FARM WORKERS

Today, MALDEF filed suit against one of the largest Central Valley grape growers, Castlerock Farming and Transport, Inc., and many of its farm labor contractors, for systematically mistreating Latino workers.

March 29, 2012   MALDEF FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT THE IVY FOR HIV DISCRIMINATION

Today, MALDEF filed a lawsuit against the famed Robertson Boulevard restaurant, The Ivy, for violating the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and discriminating against a former employee. The suit was filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles County.

March 26, 2012   MALDEF SEEKS TO STOP TEXAS VOTER ID LAW

Today, MALDEF filed legal papers opposing an attempt by the State of Texas to secure federal approval for its new Voter ID law. The intervention was filed on behalf of two Latino voters and two organizations that conduct voter registration and turnout campaigns in the Latino community: Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund.

March 23, 2012   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF JOHN A. PAYTON, PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR COUNSEL OF THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND

Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement in response to the passing of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s President and Director Counsel, John A. Payton

March 21, 2012   MALDEF AND NDLON DEMAND CALIFORNIA CITIES REPEAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL DAY LABORER LAWS

MALDEF announced yesterday that it has sent – on behalf of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) – the first wave of demand letters to a dozen municipalities across California threatening legal action if they fail to repeal laws limiting the right to solicit employment, business or contributions in public areas.

March 21, 2012   FIFTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS FARMERS BRANCH HOUSING ORDINANCE AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TARGETING OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled the City of Farmers Branch, located outside of Dallas, TX, violated the Constitution by passing a housing ordinance aimed at driving out Latinos.

March 16, 2012   MALDEF TRIUMPHS IN TEXAS REDISTRICTING

Capping an extensive legal battle, a Texas federal court has issued redistricting plans for both congressional and state house districts for use in 2012 that better reflect the state’s increasingly large Latino electorate.

March 16, 2012   RECENT FLORIDA AND ARIZONA CHALLENGES TO LONG-STANDING VOTING RIGHTS ACT PROVIDE ADDITIONAL AREAS OF CONCERN FOR LATINO VOTE

The States of Florida and Arizona have filed challenges to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Section 5 of the VRA, described by the Supreme Court as "remed(ying) aimed at areas where voting discrimination has been most flagrant," helps protect the right to vote in places where, historically, this right has been most threatened.

March 16, 2012   MALDEF SUBMITS EQUITY MAP FOR CHICAGO - UPDATE

The Chicago City Council approved a redistricting map on January 19, 2012 that did not meet the standards of MALDEF's proposed Equity Map, which called for 14 majority Latino wards, 18 African American wards, and keeping the communities of Chinatown and Back of the Yards together, while maintaining the legal population requirements based on 2010 Census numbers.

March 14, 2012   MALDEF BRINGS LATINO ISSUES TO FOREFRONT IN CALIFORNIA CAPITAL WITH "2012 LATINO STATE OF THE STATE"

On Wednesday, March 14, 2011, MALDEF, the nation's leading legal civil rights organization, hosted the "2012 Latino State of the State: Discussion on Law, Policy, and Civil Rights in California." The event served as a convening of leaders and experts addressing issues and policies affecting California’s Latino community.

March 14, 2012   MALDEF PROTECTS CREATION OF NEW LATINO-MAJORITY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN FILINGS WITH WASHINGTON, D.C. COURT

Yesterday, MALDEF, on behalf of the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, filed a brief at the request of the federal court in Washington, D.C. that is evaluating the Texas redistricting plans for compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

March 7, 2012   NEW TRUST WEBSITE LAUNCHED IN FIGHT AGAINST TEXAS ANTI-IMMIGRANT LEGISLATION

Today, a coalition of Texas business, faith based, and advocacy organizations known as Texas Residents United for a Stronger Texas (TRUST), launched a new website (www.CommonSenseImmigrationTx.org), in partnership with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, to serve as a resource for advocates, community members, and policy makers seeking critical immigration information and resources.

March 1, 2012   LATINO LEADERS WELCOME GAINS FOR LATINO VOTERS IN NEW TEXAS REDISTRICTING MAPS

Today, Latino leaders throughout Texas responded to new court-ordered interim maps for Texas state House and congressional seats that increase the number of districts in which Latino voters can elect their preferred candidates.

February 29, 2012   MALDEF STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO COURT-ORDERED INTERIM TEXAS STATE HOUSE REDISTRICTING PLAN

In response to the three-judge federal panel’s order adopting an interim redistricting plan for 2012 state House elections in Texas, Nina Perales, MALDEF Vice President of Litigation and lead counsel for the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force in Perez v. Perry, provided the following statement...

February 26, 2012   OFFICIALS AND LEADERS GATHERED FOR HISTORIC CEREMONY RECOGNIZING FORCED REMOVAL OF MEXICAN AMERICANS DURING GREAT DEPRESSION

Today, government officials gathered alongside civil right leaders at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) to unveil a permanent monument to acknowledge California’s role in the forced removal of 2 million Mexican Americans between 1929 and 1944.

January 20, 2012   SUPREME COURT'S RULING IN PEREZ V. PERRY AFFIRMS PRECLEARANCE PROVISIONS OF VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Moments ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Perez v. Perry that affirms the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act's preclearance provisions and instructs the district court on requirements for redrawing the Texas congressional, senate and house redistricting plans.

January 12, 2012   MALDEF SUES NEW MEXICO MOTOR VEHICLE DIVISION (MVD) FOR RETALIATING AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWER

Today, MALDEF and the New Mexico law firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan (Freedman Boyd) filed suit in a Santa Fe District Court against the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

January 10, 2012   SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENT IN ONGOING MALDEF BATTLE FOR FAIR DISTRICT LINES IN TEXAS

Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Perez v. Perry regarding the Texas congressional, senate and house redistricting plans. The case challenges redistricting plans that discriminate against Latino voters.

January 4, 2012   MALDEF SUBMITS EQUITY MAP FOR CHICAGO

Calling for 14 majority Latino wards, 18 African-American wards, and keeping the communities of Chinatown and Back of the Yards together while maintaining the legal population requirements based on the 2010 Census numbers, is the foundation of the proposed Equity map filed today by MALDEF with the city of Chicago.

December 30, 2011   MALDEF CONTINUES BATTLE TO ENSURE EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS IN ILLINOIS

MALDEF has joined a pending case against Illinois School District U-46. The federal court case is continuing on to the third phase of trial in Delgado v. Board of Education for Illinois School District U-46. Filed in 2005, this case represents an important fight in MALDEF’s battle to achieve fair and equitable treatment for Latino students in our educational systems.

December 20, 2011   SUIT TO STOP INDIANA'S UNCONSTITUTIONAL ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW ADDRESSES PREVIOUSLY UNCHALLENGED PROVISIONS

Today, MALDEF filed suit on behalf of La Union Benefica Mexicana, a Latino community and civic organization in Northern Indiana, against the State of Indiana to strike down two previously-unchallenged provisions of the State's anti-immigrant law known as Senate Bill 590 (SB 590).

December 15, 2011   MALDEF VICTORY: FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS THE PROTECTION OF ALL PERSONS IN REDISTRICTING

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled against several residents of Irving, Texas who sought to compel the City of Irving to adopt voting maps for city council districts that ignored thousands of city residents.

December 13, 2011   MALDEF LAWSUIT: TEXAS’ SCHOOL FUNDING SYSTEM UNLAWFULLY SHORTCHANGES MANY DISTRICTS AND STUDENTS, INCLUDING LOW INCOME AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER CHILDREN

Today, against the backdrop of the Dr. Jose A. Cardenas Early Childhood Center – located in the school district at the center of MALDEF’s first landmark school finance case, Edgewood v. Kirby, back in the 1980s – MALDEF announced the filing of a major education funding lawsuit against the State of Texas.

December 12, 2011   MAJOR MALDEF VICTORY IN LANDMARK COLORADO SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

On Friday, a state district court in Denver, Colorado ruled in favor of plaintiffs in the State's first adequacy case, Lobato v. Colorado, a lawsuit in which MALDEF represented Colorado parents as plaintiff-intervenors seeking adequate funding for at-risk and English Language Learner ("ELL") students in the Colorado school finance system.

November 23, 2011   COURT-RELEASED MAP PROMISES IMPORTANT MALDEF VICTORY FOR LATINOS IN TEXAS

Today, MALDEF's tireless efforts in Texas federal courts have resulted in a court-proposed plan that promises increased Latino electoral opportunity throughout the state. A panel of federal judges in San Antonio has released a new redistricting plan that will improve representation for Texas Latinos, including the creation of an additional Latino opportunity district in South Texas.

November 18, 2011   LATINOS MAKE FORWARD PROGRESS IN NEW TEXAS HOUSE REDISTRICTING PLANS

Today, a federal three-judge panel in San Antonio, Texas released new redistricting plans for the Texas Housee of Representatives. The plan released by a majority of judges contains additional Latino opportunity districts.

November 8, 2011   D.C. COURT DENIES FAST-TRACK APPROVAL OF TEXAS REDISTRICTING PLANS

Today, the federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued an order denying a request by Texas for expedited approval of the State's congressional, Texas House and Texas Senate redistricting plans.

November 8, 2011   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER HARRY PACHON

MALDEF mourns the recent passing of Professor Harry Pachon, the longtime leader of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI). Dr. Pachon had a lengthy and groundbreaking career as a leader in the effort to advance the rights of Latinos and other minorities in the United States.

September 20, 2011   MALDEF HONORS THE LIFE AND CONTRIBUTIONS OF DR. JOSÉ ÁNGEL CÁRDENAS, FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF THE INTERCULTURAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH ASSOCIATION

Nationally esteemed professional educator, unsurpassed bilingual education expert and indomitable civil rights advocate Dr. José Ángel Cárdenas has passed away.

September 16, 2011   NINTH CIRCUIT COURT RULING SETS POSITIVE PRECEDENT FOR DAY LABORER RIGHTS

Today, in a precedent-setting 9-2 decision in favor of day laborers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the district court's decision in Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach, striking down the City of Redondo Beach's anti-solicitation ordinance as a "facially unconstitutional restriction on speech."

September 13, 2011   MALDEF SECURES PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION IN NEW MEXICO DRIVER'S LICENSE LAWSUIT

MALDEF has secured a preliminary injunction against the New Mexico Secretary of Tax and Revenue's so-called "Residency Certification Program" on the grounds that the Secretary has likely violated the right to equal protection under the New Mexico Constitution.

September 2, 2011   STATE COURT JUDGE GRANTS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST NEW MEXICO'S ANTI-LATINO DRIVER'S LICENSE RE-CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

This week, Judge Singleton of the First Judicial District in Santa Fe ordered the New Mexico Secretary of Tax and Revenue to put a stop to the so-called "Residency Certification Program."

August 24, 2011   LAWSUIT NECESSARY FOR IMMEDIATE HALT TO NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR'S UNLAWFUL DRIVER'S LICENSE "RESIDENCY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM"

Today, MALDEF and the New Mexico law firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Ives & Duncan (Freedman Boyd) filed suit against the Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, on behalf of a group of New Mexico legislators and residents of New Mexico, in order to stop the implementation and execution of Governor Martinez's so-called "Residency Certification Program."

August 23, 2011   REDISTRICTING: MALDEF INTERVENES IN DC COURT TO PROTECT TEXAS LATINO VOTING STRENGTH

Yesterday, in Washington DC, MALDEF filed a Motion to Intervene on behalf of the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force in an effort to prevent the reduction of Latino voting strength in the ongoing Texas redistricting process.

August 10, 2011   AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HOUSE OF DELEGATES UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED RESOLUTION OPPOSING ALTERATIONS TO 14TH AMENDMENT CITIZENSHIP CLAUSE

Yesterday, at its 2011 annual meeting, the American Bar Association House of Delegates approved, by unanimous voice vote, a resolution, sponsored by the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, to oppose any efforts to alter or amend the longstanding interpretation and application of the Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

August 5, 2011   MALDEF: SECURE COMMUNITIES CHANGES POSE DANGER; FATALLY FLAWED PROGRAM TO CONTINUE UNCHECKED BY STATES

Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to the Secure Communities program, unilaterally abrogating all agreements with states, and indicating that the program will be imposed in all states, regardless of any state officials' desire to opt out of the program.

August 1, 2011   UNITED STATES FILES SUIT CHALLENGING ALABAMA ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed a federal challenge to Alabama's draconian anti-immigrant law. Modeled on Arizona's infamous SB 1070 but taking it to even greater extremes, the Alabama law is considered the most pernicious anti-immigrant state law to date.

August 1, 2011   REDISTRICTING ACTION ALERT: CALL YOUR LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERVISORS TO DRAW A SECOND LATINO DISTRICT

On July 13, 2011, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Advisory Commission recommended a map to the five Board members that fails to create a second Latino-majority supervisorial district as required by the federal Voting Rights Act.

July 29, 2011   SCHOOL FUNDING TRIAL AGAINST STATE OF COLORADO BEGINS MONDAY AUGUST 1

Today, MALDEF held a press conference in front of the Colorado Department of Education to announce the beginning of the trial in Lobato v. Colorado. The trial begins on Monday, August 1, 2011, eighteen months after MALDEF filed legal papers on behalf of low income families.

July 29, 2011   RICHARD E. CHAVEZ: Memorial Services for Iconic United Farm Worker Leader

On Sunday, July 31, 2011, we will gather with family members and loved ones for a memorial service in honor of Richard Chavez. We encourage you to attend the candle light procession, which begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an all-night vigil.

July 28, 2011   MALDEF HONORS THE LIFE OF RICHARD E. CHAVEZ, FARMWORKER JUSTICE ADVOCATE AND CIVIL RIGHTS HERO (NOV. 12, 1929 - JULY 27, 2011)

The civil rights community has suffered a major and heartbreaking loss; Richard E. Chavez, long-time advocate for farmworker and civil rights and brother to Cesar Chavez, has passed away in Bakersfield, California. He was 81.

July 28, 2011   MALDEF SECURES COURT RULING TO STOP DPS FROM DENYING DRIVER’S LICENSES TO IMMIGRANTS LEGALLY WORKING AND LIVING IN TEXAS

Yesterday, the 345th District Court in Travis County granted a declaratory judgment and enjoined the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing rules it created that deny driver's licenses to immigrants living and working in Texas with authorization from the federal government.

July 28, 2011   TEXAS REDISTRICTING: ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAWSUIT DROPPED AFTER MALDEF JOINS CASE

Yesterday, a federal district court in San Antonio, Texas granted the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force's request to join as a defendant in Teuber v. Texas, a case in which plaintiffs sought to exclude Latino residents from the 2010 Census figures that Texas uses for redistricting.

July 28, 2011   SCHOOL FUNDING TRIAL BEGINS AGAINST STATE OF COLORADO

On Friday, July 29, 2011, MALDEF will hold a press conference in front of the Colorado Department of Education to announce that the trial in Lobato v. Colorado will begin on Monday, August 1, 2011, one year and a half after MALDEF filed legal papers in the lawsuit.

July 22, 2011   LATINOS JOIN COLORADO REDISTRICTING LITIGATION TO PRESERVE AND ADVANCE ELECTORAL STRENGTH

Latino groups and voters seek the creation of fair election districts that reflect growth of Latino Population

July 21, 2011   LATINA STUDENT'S CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATED BY BIG BEAR MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER, SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MALDEF Suit Seeks Reforms of Practices that Created Hostile Learning Environment and Deprived Student of Equal Opportunity

July 21, 2011   MALDEF FILES LAWSUIT CHALLENGING LEAGUE CITY'S ANTI-SOLICITATION POLICY

Plaintiff also challenges constitutionality of Texas anti-solicitation law

July 20, 2011   MALDEF SECURES NINTH CIRCUIT VICTORY IN TUCSON SCHOOL DISTRICT DESEGREGATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS CASE

Yesterday, in Fisher/Mendoza v. Tucson Unified School District, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court decision that terminated court jurisdiction over school desegregation policies in Tucson. MALDEF, along with co-counsel from law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, served as attorneys for the Mendoza plaintiffs.

June 21, 2011   MALDEF VP HONORED WITH KCET LOCAL HERO AWARD DURING 2011 LGBT PRIDE MONTH

In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, David Damian Figueroa, MALDEF Vice President of Development and Communications, has been selected by KCET – our nation’s largest independent public television station – as one of five inaugural LGBT Local Heroes who devote their time and energy doing the critical work for our communities, but who’s work often goes unrecognized.

June 17, 2011   MALDEF AND LATINO COALITION SUIT CHARGES TEXAS MAPS VIOLATE THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Latino groups and voters seek the creation of fair election districts that reflect growth of Latino population

June 17, 2011   MALDEF Response to Secure Communities Program Changes

Reforms are Inadequate to Resolve Program’s Problems

June 16, 2011   ACTOR AND ACTIVIST EVA LONGORIA JOINS CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD (CA-34) IN A RENEWED PUSH TO PROTECT CHILD FARMWORKERS IN THE UNITED STATES

At a press conference on Capitol Hill, Actor and Activist Eva Longoria joined Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) and other child advocates today in announcing the introduction of "The Children's Act for Responsible Employment" (CARE), legislation which ensures adequate protections for children working in our nation’s agricultural fields.

May 31, 2011   TEXAS LATINO REDISTRICTING TASK FORCE BLASTS LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL FOR CONGRESSIONAL MAP

Today the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force strongly criticized a proposed congressional map released by the chairmen of the House and Senate redistricting committees.

May 27, 2011   MALDEF OPPOSES LATEST ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING PLAN

After analyzing HB3760, the legislative redistricting map passed earlier today by the Illinois House, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) opposes the plan because it fractures communities of interest and weakens the voting strength of Latino neighborhoods.

May 26, 2011   MALDEF CRITICIZES SUPREME COURT DECISION UPHOLDING ARIZONA E-VERIFY LAW

Today, in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law that penalizes employers who fail to follow state law on the hiring of undocumented immigrants. Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision:

May 16, 2011   MALDEF APPLAUDS FEDERAL ACTION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD HAS ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION

Because of the intervention of University Leadership Initiative ("ULI"), hard-working undocumented immigrant students no longer face a legal claim from the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas (IRCOT) to be stripped of their right to pay instate tuition and take part in the "Texas Dream" of achieving a quality higher education.

May 11, 2011   MALDEF APPLAUDS FEDERAL ACTION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD HAS ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education issued a joint "Dear Colleague" letter directing state and local educational agencies to enroll all children living in their districts, regardless of actual or perceived status of student or parent.

May 11, 2011   MALDEF CALLS ON COMMUNITY LEADERS, PARENTS TO ADVOCATE FOR EQUITY IN IMPLEMENTATION OF COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

An important initiative is catching on nationwide to assure that public schools everywhere provide education on the same set of core skills and knowledge.

Apr 25, 2011   MALDEF RELEASES ILLINOIS LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING MAP

MALDEF will release its proposed Illinois legislative redistricting map and testify before the General Assembly Redistricting Committee today, April 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm in Room 114 of the Capitol Building in Springfield.

Apr 11, 2011   MALDEF AND NDLON STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO COURT RULING IN REDONDO BEACH DAY LABORER CASE

Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the plaintiffs' request for rehearing en banc in Comite de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach...

Apr 11, 2011   MALDEF'S "Latino State of the State" Signals Return of National Latino Organization to Full-Time Advocacy in Sacramento

Leading Latino Legal Civil Rights Organization Hosts Inaugural California Event, Outlining 2011 Public Policy Priorities and Legal Challenges for Latinos in California.

Apr 11, 2011   NINTH CIRCUIT COURT CONFIRMS THAT ARIZONA'S SB 1070 ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW CANNOT TAKE EFFECT

MALDEF Welcomes Warning to Anti-Immigrant Proposals in Other States.

Apr 8, 2011   MALDEF UNVEILS TEXAS REDISTRICTING PLANS AT STATE CAPITOL

Today, MALDEF, along with other partners in the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, unveiled initial proposed Texas congressional redistricting maps at the State Capitol in Austin.

Mar 2, 2011   MALDEF, LATINO OFFICERS CHARGE CITY OF WESTMINSTER POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

Today, MALDEF held a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the City of Westminster, as well as two former Police Chiefs of the Westminster Police Department, for discrimination against Latino police officers on the basis of their national origin.

Feb 25, 2011   THOMAS A. SAENZ AND JESSE RUIZ APPOINTED MEMBERS OF U.S. DEPARMENT OF EDUCATION EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE COMMISSION

United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has appointed MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, and MALDEF board member, Jesse Ruiz, among twenty-eight members of the Department of Education’s newly created Equity and Excellence Commission.

Feb 21, 2011   THE LOPEZ FOUNDATION PLEDGES PROCEEDS TO MALDEF FROM ARIZONA CONCERT

George Lopez, comedian, actor and host of late-night talk show "Lopez Tonight," pledged $20,000 to MALDEF from the proceeds of his January 29 concert in Phoenix, Arizona.

Feb 15, 2011   MALDEF CELEBRATES TEXAS RULING UPHOLDING FAIR APPORTIONMENT FOR LATINOS

Today, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas rejected an apportionment challenge that sought to force the City of Irving, Texas to discriminate against Latino voters in drawing the map for city council districts.

Feb 10, 2011   CIVIL RIGHTS COALITION RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR BREWER'S ANNOUNCEMENT IN SB 1070 LAWSUIT

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona announced today that the state of Arizona will introduce several counterclaims against the U.S. government in the ongoing litigation over SB 1070, Arizona's racial profiling law.

Jan 28, 2011   MALDEF CONDEMNS RADICAL ATTEMPT TO ERODE LONG-SETTLED AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP CLAUSE OF THE FOURTEENTH AMENDMENT

homas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the statement below in response to a radical proposal by Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.)...

Jan 3, 2011   MALDEF APPOINTS NINA PERALES, NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY, AS DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION

This week, Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, announced important developments in the leadership of the MALDEF national litigation team.

Dec 27, 2010   CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON REAPPORTIONMENT DATA

Today, MALDEF, along with other civil rights and civic engagement organizations, issued the following statement regarding the recently released reapportionment data.

Dec 21, 2010   MALDEF RESPONDS TO NEW CENSUS APPORTIONMENT FIGURES

Today, the United States Census Bureau released its state-by-state total population results for the 2010 Census, and with them the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives under reapportionment for the 113th Congress, which convenes in January 2013.

Dec 20, 2010   MALDEF & NEA: Joint Report Aims To Improve Minority Parental Engagement In Children's Schools

MALDEF is committed to helping school officials and parents increase minority student academic achievement

Dec 18, 2010   MALDEF RESPONDS TO SENATE DREAM ACT VOTE

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Statement on DREAM Act Vote by the U.S. Senate

Dec 17, 2010   ACTION ALERT: THE DREAM ACT - CALL KEY SENATORS BEFORE SATURDAY TO HELP PASS THE DREAM ACT

Call key Senators NOW and urge them to support the DREAM Act.

Dec 13, 2010   DREAM ACT: MALDEF, NDLON, JOSÉ JOSÉ, DOLORES HUERTA AND DREAM ACT STUDENTS ORGANIZED PHONE-BANKING OUTREACH EVENT

This past Saturday, MALDEF partnered with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) as well as Dolores Huerta, José José and students from DREAM Team LA and the Orange County DREAM Team to organize a phone-banking outreach event to urge passage of the DREAM Act in the Senate.

Dec 10, 2010   MALDEF SUPPORTS DOLORES HUERTA, ARIZONA STUDENTS ON TWELFTH DAY OF FAST IN SUPPORT OF DREAM ACT OUTSIDE SENATOR MCCAIN'S OFFICE

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Introduces Open Letter Written by Dolores Huerta to Senator John. McCain

Dec 9, 2010   MALDEF RESPONDS TO SENATE DREAM ACT VOTE

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to delay an up-or-down vote on the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act). By a vote of 59-40, the Senate voted to table the motion to proceed on the motion for cloture.

Dec 8, 2010   MALDEF RESPONDS TO HOUSE PASSAGE OF DREAM ACT

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the latest version of the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act). The final vote was 216-198 in favor of passing the DREAM Act.

Dec 8, 2010   THE DREAM ACT - CALL CONGRESS TO PASS THE DREAM ACT AND TUNE IN FOR THE VOTE

TODAY, both the House and Senate will be taking up the DREAM Act. Call your respective senators and house member NOW! Dial: 1-888-254-5087 or 202-224-3121.

Nov 30, 2010   NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN THE DREAM ACT INTO A REALITY!!

Call your respective senators and house member to tell them to call the DREAM Act for a vote before the end of this Congress, this year!

Nov 15, 2010   MALDEF LAUDS CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT RULING UPHOLDING AB 540

MALDEF applauded the California Supreme Court's ruling in Martinez v. Regents, upholding the California law known as AB 540.

Oct 26, 2010   MALDEF WINS NINTH CIRCUIT DECISION OVERTURNING ONEROUS ARIZONA VOTER REGISTRATION LAW

Court ruling comes one week before a critical national election and stands as a warning to anyone who seeks to deter or prevent voter participation

Oct 15, 2010   MALDEF AND NDLON STATEMENTS IN RESPONSE TO COURT RULING IN REDONDO BEACH DAY LABORER CASE

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the following statement in response to the ruling this afternoon in Comite de Jornaleros, et al v. City of Redondo.

Oct 14, 2010   MALDEF ANNOUNCES POSITIONS AND ENDORSEMENTS ON NOVEMBER 2, 2010 CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

Today, MALDEF announced positions and endorsements on seven ballot propositions appearing on California's statewide election ballots, one ballot proposition appearing on San Francisco County election ballots, and three ballot propositions appearing on Arizona's statewide election ballots. All ballots are scheduled for November 2, 2010

Oct 7, 2010   ROSA GLORIA CHAGOYÁN SELECTS MALDEF AS CHARITY FOR UNIVISION’S “¡MIRA QUIÉN BAILA!”

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

Oct 7, 2010   LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE AND LOS LOBOS PERFORMED AT MALDEF’S “TRUTH IN IMMIGRATION” EDUCATIONAL CONCERT

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.

Sep 21, 2010   MALDEF'S PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL RESPONDS TO SENATE VOTE ON DREAM ACT

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.

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