LATIN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, Immigration, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 80 Princeton NJ 08542 USA

Mission: TO DEFEND AND PROMOTE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE LATIN AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND FACILIATE ITS ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AND EDUCATION, AND ADVANCE CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING IN OUR REGION.
Target demographics: LATIN AMERICAN IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000+
Geographic areas served: Mercer County area, New Jersey
Programs: The Mercer County Area Community ID Card; The Tremendously Trenton Community Health Care Outreach (Puerta de Salud); Youth mentoring program (FUTURO); Citizenship and legal clinics; Tax return preparation services
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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).

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

Provide a permanent, generous endowment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

obtain more economical resources to fund more students!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF is a wonderful nonprofit organization. It has giving me, along with many other students, the help we needed to search and apply to colleges, offered us tutoring, helped us plan our senior year in high schol. along with many others. We received all this through LALDEF's mentoring program FUTURO. We enjoyed ourself while learning and helping others. We had an awesome experience and the best is that we will have the opportunity to keep doing everything we did for another year.

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

There are many things I can't even list all of them.

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

Try to help more high school students .

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Rating: 5 stars  

Laldef works with AARP's Tax-Aide program to provide the language assistance necessary to serve the Latina community. As partners we provide tax preparation for all who come to our site. We do the paper work to obtain an ITIN and do taxes for undocumented workers who are anxious to show good citizenship as well as those who might otherwise struggle with the required paperwork. Last tax season we did over 250 tax returns for individuals and families throughout the region.

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

I have seen the program grow and can see how important it is to the community. People come to us with confidence that we can help with taxes and often other issues that effect their lives.

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

I would add even more spanish speaking volunteers trained to do the required tax work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF is an organization that always looking to inform and educate the community about law, culture,health etc. Constant helping clients with human rights,immigration, education.
They are involve in health fairs, immigration seminars,culture affairs to serve the community.
Is a great organization, where anyone can turn on for help and to help others.

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

This organization give us a lot of information about emigration laws, health and culture.

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

At this time I think this organization do not need to change anything, is growing a lot since starting because the community believes in the kind of job that they constantly offer us.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

As an employer of Latin Americans in Mercer and Burlington Counties, I have relied on LALDF to provide me information important to the Latin American community. I especially value their bilingual emails that I share with our employees that provide critical information about free legal consultation and financial planning, for example. Staff of LALDF also do extensive public speaking and host community forums that help the larger community understand the problems faced by recent immigrants.

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

I emailed questions to LALDF about potentially discriminatory actions by a local police department, and received a prompt reply with valuable information.

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

Increase the staff so they could do on-site visits to work places and houses of worship to provide information about their services to the local Latin American community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I acknowledge the hard work, dedication and visible results that this organization has managed to obtain. It is worthy of being recognized and applauded for their tireless volunteers and members who have achieved a change in the community they serve.

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

many ways

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a wonderful opportunity to partner with LALDF and sit on the board member group. This organization has provided countless efforts to provide health services and valuable resources to the Hispanic Community in Trenton. Our partnership has allowed us to better serve the Hispanic Community and provide an extensive outreach.

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

making a positive impact in the hispanic community

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with LALDEF is that it is managed by Maria Juega very well. This organization shows up at many local organizations' conferences and helps residents of this state understand the plight of both documented and undocumented immigrants impacted by Homeland Security as well as local police departments. Immigrants of many countries enrich the economy and the diversity in New Jersey. When immigrants suffer abuse or are threatened by deportation, this organization makes certain that they are well represented. On request, Ms. Juega goes out of her way to be helpful. While I was teaching a college course named Issues in Intercultural Communication, I saw in the local paper an article on an immigrant student who was honored for leading his high school graduating class academically. She helped me locate him (when all other attempts failed) and he agreed to speak to my class about his immigration experiences so my students would understand the difficulty many persons experience.

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

Explained above.

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

No change.

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