Public Policy

MALDEF promotes social change through our advocacy work in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights, and political access. 


MALDEF’s advocacy focuses on universal access to schools, fair distribution of public education resources, and improving quality for all students.


MALDEF advocates for equal access to hiring and promotions, safe and fair working conditions, and workplaces free of discrimination and harassment.

Preventing Workplace Harassment

As a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace, MALDEF’s president helped examine ways to establish non-discriminatory workplaces.

  • Boycott Paramount Films

    Boycott Paramount Films

    MALDEF is a vocal advocate for greater representation of Latinos in the film industry. We stand with the National Hispanic Media Coalition in a boycott of Paramount Pictures until the studio reverses its woeful record of excluding Latinos from its movies.

Immigrants' Rights

MALDEF advocates for equal treatment of immigrants in the public and private sectors and works to preserve their due process and civil rights.

Defending DACA

MALDEF is a leader in the fight against efforts to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative — not just in the courts, but in Congress, state legislatures and other halls of power.

Voting Rights

MALDEF works to strengthen voting rights and bolster political representation at all levels of government.

Everyone Counts – And Everyone Must Be Counted

Through our work on the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations, the California Complete Count Committee, the Illinois Complete Count Committee, and other entities, we’re pushing back on the Trump administration’s efforts to thwart a full and accurate 2020 Census count.

  • Equal Ballot Access for All

    Equal Ballot Access for All

    MALDEF was a driving force behind the 1975 federal Voting Rights Act renewal that extended protections to Latinos and the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (CVRA), which made it easi-er for protected groups to prove that their votes are being diluted. We engage with community groups to keep them up to date on their voting rights.

Access to Justice

MALDEF is devoted to eliminating barriers that prevent Latinos from having meaningful and unfettered access to challenge discriminatory policies.

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