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  

LALDEF has led numerous broad initiatives to support immigrants in the community including legal aid, health screenings, crime victim support, citizenship training, student assistance, tax preparation assistance and the highly successful Community ID card program, which gave the immigrant community a sense of belonging and security.
Additionally, LALDEF has sponsored many community events that, with the public at large, promote greater understanding of the immigrant situation and the need for immigration reform

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

seeing the benefits to individual recipiants of LALDEF's services and though an expanded awareness in the community of the immigrant community situation and the need for compassionate immigration immigration reform

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

Insure the continued health of the organaization through increased sustainable funding. The organization has done amazing work with a meager budget.

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