LatinoJustice PRLDEF

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LatinoJustice PRLDEF "champions an equitable society. Using the power of the law together with education and advocacy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF protects opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in work and school, fulfill their dreams, and sustain their families and communities. LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s work fully embraces the diversity of the Latino community – especially the most vulnerable – new immigrants and the poor. LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s work encompasses three guiding principles – protecting civil rights, cultivating Latino leaders and increasing civic participation – that conveys our work, and showcases our exceptional role within the Latino rights community.

"In 1972 three young attorneys decided to establish an organization that could provide Latinos with the legal resources to overcome the obstacles that frustrated their dreams and limited their lives. Jorge Batista, Victor Marrero and Cesar A. Perales founded the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund to give Latinos a voice within the legal system and a role in public life.

"For almost 40 years now, the organization has made a real difference in the daily lives of Latinos across the United States. Parents, teachers, voters, immigrants, students all continue to reach out to us for assistance in protecting their civil rights. And we continue to respond.

"Recently, we became LatinoJustice PRLDEF, a name that better reflects the broad scope of people and nationalities who we protect and who make up our organization. And though our name is different, our mission to promote justice for all Latinos has remained unchanged since 1972." [1] wiki


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  1. History, LatinoJustice, accessed April 13, 2010.
  2. Directors, LatinoJustice, accessed April 13, 2010.