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July 10, 2012

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July 28, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a organization that gets the WHOLE community involved. latino and non Latino.They are a dedicated group of people trying to sort out som... more

July 10, 2012

LALDEF is making a difference in the community by helping immigrants better assimulate and advance themselves in education, health, work and civic participation. This organization succeeds because of the strong group of volunteers and dedicated leaders who give tirelessly and with pride. I like how they are inviting of the non Latinos in the community and try hard to create a common bond.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 28, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a organization that gets the WHOLE community involved. latino and non Latino.They are a dedicated group of people trying to sort out some of the social injustice issues and bring solutions,

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

they helped my family member

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

July 10, 2012

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July 10, 2012

Laldef is the only one Organization that I recognize that work for legal and ilegal community broadly in the City of Trenton. They created and execute in the actually the Community ID which is acepted and recognized in all Mercer County NJ. This community Id is helping our community to be more proactive in the intire Mercer County.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 8, 2011

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August 8, 2011

LALDEF is the most outstanding non-profit organization in Mercer County, NJ. Their HARD work had positively affected hundreds of people IN our community. They are amazing kind people, full of energy and strength looking for justice, equality and better quality of life for all. Maria Juega, is a pioneer… She has the heart, faith and wiliness to fight for us… the people. She is an excellent role model. I have learned a lot from her and I know that LALDEF can do even more if we keep supporting them and fighting with them…LALDEF, is a truth non-profit organization…and I’m proud to know that they really belong to our community. Thank you LALDEF. Dina Ochoa

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways...They helped community members to obtain a community ID and they provide scholarships!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ask the State and Federal agencies to provide more funds to LALDEF.

July 29, 2011

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July 29, 2011

I have admired Maria (Charo) Juega since the mid 1990's when we were both active volunteers in the Latin American Task Force of Princeton, NJ. She then had a broad vision for a group that would take on many projects that the Task Force, which chose not to incorporate, could not. This became the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

LALDEF has exceeded even my most optimistic expectations, notably with the successful identification card for immigrants, now widely used in both Trenton and Princeton.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The identification card (above) as well as meetings with police officers to try to stop the targeting of Latinos for minor traffic violations that would not be noticed with white drivers.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would clone Charo.

July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

Laldef is such a great non profit organización that helps our community, no matter is they are Latinos or not. It is an honor to be a volunteer whenever possible, specially for the health fair, since a lot of people don't have health Insurance and it's the only way they get to see a Doctor. I would like to mention the hard work of Maria Juerga and all the effort she gives to run this organization.

I encourage then to keek up the great work they are doing

A. Servellon

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the benefits Laldef brings to our community not only on Mercetr Count buy by surrandins.

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I believe they have such a great structures and foundations that I could not thing any at the moment, how ever I would like to encourage people and profit organizations to donate not only mooney, but time and talents in this organization, it's worthy to invest in the lives of others in need.

July 28, 2011

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July 28, 2011

I am an ESL teacher in Mercer County, with a rapidly growing Latino student body. As this is my 34th year of teaching, I have worked with many, many students in other states and even other countries, and yet I have never felt so drawn to the families of the children I teach. All are immigrants eager to contribute to their new society, better the educational chances of their children, and live law-abiding, productive lives. Fortunately for them, LALDEF is thriving in the greater Princeton area. I have directed many families to its services, invited speakers to our parents' group, and publicized its events through my school. With its mission of service, education and advocacy, with its outstanding leadership, wide-reaching programs, and determination to uphold the dignity of every human life, the families I work with have been guided, supported and brought closer to their dream: a productive life as valued members of American society, a society built on the success of its immigrants. LALDEF gets results for its client base because it is neither abrasive nor confrontational. It delivers its message in an intelligent, peaceful, educational way and because of this, good things happen and justice is served.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways...seeing a woman given the courage to report a physically abusive incident; watching 25 families as they hear for the first time that there are free services available to all residents of the town, even immigrants; witnessing a young family tearfully aided by a caring, intelligent lawyer; knowing that hundreds of individuals now have an official "ID."

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Attach a representative in each school district to work directly with their Guidance offices.

July 26, 2011

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July 26, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund provides critical advocacy leadershp on behalf of individuals and in support of public policy that recognizes the human dignity of immigrants, regardless of their status.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in participating in the host of community events the organization organizes and sponsors.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its reach.

July 26, 2011

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July 26, 2011

Maria Juega, the LALDEF Board and volunteers provide information to the Latino and non-Latino community year round with very little $$ and sometimes $0. Its tireless work in the community includes: Futuro (a high school mentoring program), annual community health fairs, provision of Community I.D. cards in Trenton and Princeton, NJ., dissemination of a plethera of information on immigration issues, including seminars, discussions etc. in Princeton, both university and town, as well as in surrounding municipalities, and assisting individuals with unfair labor practices and immigration problems.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing me with an opportunity to assist people when they most need it. The satisfaction of interacting with a group of dedicated, caring, people and to witness what a small group of dedicated people can do. (Apologies to Margaret Meade).

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a permanent, generous endowment.

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is one of the few nonprofit organizations in Mercer County that does its job! This organization exceptionally strives to impact the Latino community and their incorporation to the american society. In the legal side, its efforts involve providing assistance with deportations, immigration, civil and criminal cases. Most of the people who receive the assistance are people who do not have the money or access to obtain the correct information to deal with the problem. Therefore, LALDEF is becoming a reliable source to figth social justice. In the education side, the Futuro Mentoring Program is one exceptional idea that promotes education throughout the Latino community. As a Mentor for the program, the necessity of our student it's quite evident. However, the efforts are making a difference in the students' lives. Proper mentoring and tutoring, in addition to extracurricular activities are allowing our students to not be part of the terrifying dropout statistics and allowing them to pursue a higher education.

Overall, this is a great organization that strives to fulfill its vision.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the academic improvements students achieve as a result of the weekly tutoring sessions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

obtain more economical resources to fund more students!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me realize of the huge responsibility i have with my own community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It has not only made me feel productive as I am contributing to my community but also it has opened my eyes to the huge necessities challenges our communities face.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

July 25, 2011

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July 25, 2011

A phenomenal organization full of hardworking individuals. This is more than just a nonprofit though: this organization is a great way to understand how persistence in building social capital in some very difficult communities can yield substantial benefits and results.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The warmth of the individuals who work there is amazing. The entire community understands this, and so their presence is highly regarded.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find stronger donors so that they can scale up their programs so as to reach more people.

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