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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF was at the forefront of the community ID card effort, which demonstrates its commitment to inclusion and an open system so immigrants don't have to hide in the shadows. Their programs are designed to help clients achieve self-sufficiency so that their contributions to our communities can be strengthened.

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With more funding, LALDEF would be able to offer even more services.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I run a parent support group for Latino parents in our community. LALDEF, and specifically Maria Juega, has come to speak at our meetings. Additionally, she sends me vital information relevant to the parents I work with on a very regular basis. I share this information t each of my meetings, and the parents have told me repeatedly that they have benefitted from the services and information, such as health, IDs, education, etc..

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

LALDEF has been a catalyst for positive action in Mercer County, New Jersey and beyond. Straddling the roles of service provider (with a community ID card, Know Your Rights presentations, and an annual Health Fair, e.g.) and advocate (convening stakeholders to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to demand accountability or testifying against state education policy that patently defies federal law by discriminating against American-born children of immigrants) LALDEF is a leader in the field. We are grateful for the difference the organization is making in community that is crucial to the NJ economy, schools and neighborhoods.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Latin American Defense Legal and Education Fund fills an important gap in services for the Latino population. The staff works tirelessly to serve its constituency, often without much financial support.

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They are very professional and their constituency is very appreciative of their efforts.

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

Get them more funding!

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