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: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization that helps the community at large.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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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they helped my family member

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Recently NY city adopted a municipal identification card to residents regardless of their immigration status. Guess what LADLEF began a similar program at least 3 years ago. This is why I believe in LADLEF!

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Life-changing

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2014

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As a volunteer ESL teacher, I encounter many individuals and families who need help. LALDEF acts as a liaison between legal experts and immigrant families. The organization organized and implemented a program for members of the community, both documented and undocumented, to acquire a community ID card which is helpful at doctors' offices and in case of emergencies. Throughout the year, LALDEF sends an e-letter to keep the community informed concerning upcoming legislation, educational opportunities and health care assistance. LALDEF is a wonderful non-profit whose members work tirelessly to promote social justice.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund provides information and advocacy for families dealing with the problems of our broken immigration system and also provides advice to other social justice groups who are advocating for immigrants. LALDEF sponsors educational opportunities for the public such as movies, panels and round-table discussions. LALDEF also provides and promotes the use of community ID cards which have been endorsed by the Mercer County Sheriff and Prosecutor's Office. The cards have given helpful information for first responders, health care providers and public libraries and have helped immigrants become an integral part of their communities.

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Maria Juega, one of the Founders of LALDEF has participated in panel discussions sponsored by our social justice committee. She is guiding members of our community as we endeavor to bring the Mercer County Area ID card to our community.

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The organization is well-run. Perhaps there could be branches of LALDEF is other area communities.

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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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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."

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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many ways

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I have turned to LALDEF on quite a few occasions for help and support. Each time the organization was especially helpful, insightful, knowledgeable, and encouraging. Whether the specific task has been to educate and inform, to help support clients, to advocate for public policy, or something else, LALDEF and especially Maria Juega the Executive Director have been wholly helpful and positive. I would encourage anyone interested in the broad field of immigration reform and the best ways to serve people who are often taken advantage of and discriminated against to turn to LALDEF. It will be a positive and rewarding experience.

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I have seen ways the community has benefited from LALDEF's good work.

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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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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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