Due to the upsurge in COVID-19 cases,
Casa Bienvenida has closed its office for in-person services.
We continue to offer Adult Education Classes, immigration and legal representation remotely.
Please contact us at info@laldef.org for more information.

As the State of New Jersey continues to work on generating a COVID-19 vaccine registration form in Spanish, LALDEF has created a set of instructions to help Spanish speakers register through the state's official COVID-19 website. (https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/) The following instructions have been created to the best of LALDEF's knowledge and abilities. Should any new information become available, LALDEF will work hard to update said instructions as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.


Welcome to LALDEF

Welcome to LALDEF

The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LALDEF) is a grassroots nonprofit organization formed to defend the civil rights of Latin Americans and facilitate their access to health care and education, as well as to advance cross-cultural understanding in the Mercer County area.

Our Mission

Established in 2004, LALDEF promotes the rights of all immigrants, with a focus on the Latin American community in the Mercer County area, facilitates access to health care, education and legal representation; advocates for the integration of immigrants; and fosters inter-cultural communication to strengthen our communities. We seek to prevent human rights violations, educate immigrants about their rights and responsibilities, and foster their integration into the civic fabric of our communities. LALDEF has established itself as the “go-to” organization for reaching out to the Latino community, a community that is indispensable to life in Mercer County.

We operate through our values of support, education, and justice.

LALDEF offers an array of services in-house and also acts as a conduit referring clients to other agencies. In this work and in our advocacy, the overarching goal is to dismantle barriers that stand in the way of a more fair and just society and to support the incorporation of immigrants in a way that strengthens the social fabric overall.



The Mercer County Area Community ID Card is intended to act as a widely recognized token of membership in our community. Click here to learn more.


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Get The Facts

There is much misinformation and rhetoric clouding the public understanding of the issues surrounding immigration.

Refer Someone

If you know of someone you think LALDEF can help, please ask them to contact us in total confidence.

Volunteer With Us

If you have time and talent to contribute we would love to talk to you!


The Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF) is a non-profit organization that can use your financial support.

Our Sponsors

Wells Fargo


M&T Bank

I Am Trenton

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Mary Owen Borden Foundation
Center for Hispanic Policy Research

Investors Bank

Santander Bank

New Jersey State Bar Foundation