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  

Laldelf has made a significant impact in the inner city of Trenton helping the impoverished people in every way possible.

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer to serve the steady stream of clients who need photo ID cards which carry emergency information and establish their residency so they can access services that they qualify for. This work helps me know and understand the immigrant community in my home city. The clients are treated with respect, and I enjoy their gratitude. It is a well organized program making a significant contribution to our community.

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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?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF, LALDEF, LALDEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LALDEF is a honest and honorable non-profit organization, 100% dedicated to our Latino Community and others. Always doing the extra mile in order accomplish all their goals. LALDEF has been a huge blessing to Trenton and Mercer County, it has done a lot of projects that benefits our community. They were able to developed a Mercer Community ID regardless of the individual's immigration status. We need to support LALDEF as much as possible!!! Please keep helping LALDEF!!!!!!!! Keep up the GREAT JOB!! BLESSINGS!! DINA

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Definitely

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

A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF does amazing work for the community! I helped with a health fair in Trenton in 2011 and couldn't believe how well-organized it was and all the resources that LALDEF provides, both itself and through community partners. LALDEF is providing many important services to immigrants in Central New Jersey.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF is the best non for profit organization that I've been volunteering for. The programs are really community oriented specially for those in great need: minorities, poor, homeless and forgotten from the government agencies. The Health fair events, the community ID cards are just two of the good programs that help the most to the community. mposso

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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

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the most respected and outstanding non for profit organization not just state but federal level. I've been helping as a volunteer with the ID community program and the results for the users and the community are amazing. LALDEF also has been the "umbrella" for several community and civic associations.
All the best for you "Charo" and LALDEF's staff.
Marino Posso

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Impacting positively the community.

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I think it is OK.

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Rating: 4 stars  

LALDEF does an amazing variety of work that is really needed in the community they serve. They organize attorneys to provide the community with free legal advice and to prepare naturalization applications. In addition they conduct various community education programs. I get emails from them regularly and learn about events and opportunities for education, scholarships, training, tax preparation, etc. For a relatively small non-profit they have a wide and effective outreach. They provide all services and information in both English and Spanish.

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

Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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

I would clone Charo.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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

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

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.

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