News Releases

Feb 2, 2010   MALDEF, ACLU/SC Y NDLON Presentan Demanda Impugnando la Ordenaza de la Ciudad de Cost Mesa Contra Las Personas Que Piden Trabajo

Hoy, MALDEF, la Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles del Sur de California (ACLU, por sus siglas en inglés) y la Red Nacional para Organizar a los Jornaleros (“Day Laborer’s Organizing Network”, NDLON) anunciaron la radicación de una demanda impugnando la ordenanza de la ciudad de Costa Mesa contra las personas que piden trabajo como inconstitucional.

Feb 2, 2010   MALDEF, ACLU/SC and NDLON File Lawsuit Challenging City of Costa Mesa's Anti-Solicitation Ordinance

Today, MALDEF, the ACLU of Southern California and the National Day Laborer’s Organizing Network (NDLON) announced a lawsuit challenging the City of Costa Mesa’s anti-solicitation ordinance as unconstitutional.

Jan 14, 2010   MALDEF Criticizes Texas Governor’s Decision to Reject Federal Education Improvement Funds

MALDEF strongly criticized the decision of Texas Governor Rick Perry not to pursue federal Race to the Top funds despite the fact that these funds are intended to help states increase student achievement and high school graduation rates, decrease achievement gaps, and improve teacher performance. Under the program, Texas could receive up to $700 million to prepare students for success in college and the workplace; turn around the state’s lowest-performing schools and build data systems that track student success.

Dec 31, 2009   State Appellate Court Reverses Temporary Injunction Blocking Texas DPS’ New Driver’s License Rules, but Allows Case to go Forward

Today, the Austin Third Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s injunction that temporarily stopped the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from enforcing rules that deny driver’s licenses to legal immigrants living and working in Texas.

Dec 16, 2009   Federal Grand Jury Indictments in Luis Ramirez Beating Death are Long Overdue Step toward Justice

Today, a federal grand jury indicted five individuals, including two assailants and three police officers, on federal hate crime charges, obstruction of justice, conspiracy, official misconduct and extortion charges, in the brutal beating death of Luis Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant and father of two, in Shenandoah, PA.

Dec 15, 2009   MALDEF is Encouraged by the Introduction of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) appreciates that Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) has introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP), marking the launch of the 111th Congress's effort to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

Nov 13, 2009   MALDEF Mourns the Passing of Longtime Boardmember Douglas Ring

Yesterday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), mourned the loss of Douglas Ring, a valued boardmember and veteran supporter of the organization.

Nov 12, 2009   MALDEF Urges Texas Secretary of State to Re-Issue Language Assistance Guidance to County Election Officials in Light of Recent Comments

Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization, called on Secretary of State Hope Andrade to re-issue guidance to county election officials regarding their obligations under the Voting Rights Act and Texas Election Code to provide assistance to language minority voters.

Oct 22, 2009   Landmark Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation Clears U.S. Senate, Heads To President Obama’s Desk

Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, applauded the U.S. Senate’s passage of the conference report for the FY 2010 Defense Authorization bill by a vote of 68 to 29. The bill includes important legislation that will broaden the reach of current federal law to protect victims from violence motivated by fear, ignorance, and hatred.

Oct 21, 2009   President Obama Signs Legislation Dedicating Federal Courthouse To MALDEF Co-Founder, Judge Armendariz

SAN ANTONIO, TX – In legislation signed late Monday, the El Paso federal courthouse was named in honor of the late El Paso Judge Albert Armendariz, one of the founders of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and a civil rights leader.

Oct 15, 2009   MALDEF Mourning the Loss of Judicial Giant Judge William Wayne Justice

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is saddened this week by the loss of a great legal mind and exemplary civil servant in Judge William Wayne Justice. The Latino community, the legal community and our American justice system has lost a hero.

Oct 6, 2009   Senate Votes to Confirm Thomas E. Perez as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Today, the U.S. Senate voted 72 to 22 to confirm Maryland Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez as the nation’s Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the Department of Justice. The confirmation is long overdue in light of the fact that our nation requires a strong leader for the division after eight years of little civil rights enforcement.

Oct 2, 2009   MALDEF & Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Decry School Districts Efforts to Keep Children Out of Schools

MALDEF and the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) strongly criticized Texas school districts seeking to exclude students from enrollment based on allegations that the students do not reside within school district boundaries. MALDEF and TRLA are working to inform parents, students and educators of the legal rights of students attending public schools in Texas and the state and local requirements that school districts must adhere to governing student enrollment.

Aug 27, 2009   New Report Highlights Latina Students Face Greater Challenges Than Counterparts

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and MALDEF were joined by U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Chair of the Education Task Force for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, in releasing "Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation", a new report that takes a close look at the drop-out crisis in the Latino community.

Aug 26, 2009   MALDEF Mourns the Passing of a Champion of Civil Rights, Latinos, and All Americans, Senator Ted Kennedy

It is with great sadness that MALDEF mourns Senator Ted Kennedy’s passing. Throughout the years, he proved to be a champion of civil rights for all people and a lawmaker committed to the ideal that all people are created equal. He forthrightly acted upon his convictions by fearlessly advocating for people of color, women, immigrants, children and the poor.

Aug 18, 2009   Federal Court Upholds UT's Consideration of Race in Admissions Program

In one of the first decisions weighing the consideration of race in a university's admissions plan since the Supreme Court's ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), an Austin federal district court judge upheld the University of Texas at Austin's limited consideration of race for admissions. The plaintiffs, two Anglo students, had challenged the use of race by UT Austin under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, but the court rejected their claims, ruling that UT Austin has a compelling interest in seeking a diverse student body and its means of achieving that interest are narrowly tailored.

Aug 6, 2009   Judge Sotomayor's Confirmation is a Victory for the Country and the High Court

Today, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by a vote of 68 to 31 in the U.S. Senate. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, joins millions around the country in celebrating Sotomayor’s confirmation by the Senate to serve as the first Hispanic Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

Jul 28, 2009   Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Nomination Forward

MALDEF would like to commend the committee for supporting such a strong and qualified nominee. This is an historic nomination on many levels and we are pleased to see that President Obama’s excellent choice for the Supreme Court is likely to assume her post as early as September.

Jul 24, 2009   Vilma S. Martinez to Serve as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Vilma S. Martinez to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Argentina. Former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Martinez is the first woman ambassador to Argentina and will replace Earl Anthony Wayne who served as ambassador since 2006.

Jul 21, 2009   MALDEF Strongly Supports Introduction of “Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009”

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, welcomes the introduction of “Strengthen and Unite Communities with Civics Education and English Skills Act of 2009” (SUCCESS). Introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), the legislations aims to invest resources in the education of English language learners of all ages and empowers communities to focus on language acquisition and successful integration into their new homes.

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