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 has been committed to serving the low-income Latino immigrant communities of the Mercer County region. Our mission is to defend the rights of the Latin American community, facilitate access to health care and education, and advance cross-cultural understanding. 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.

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.

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

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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

Nassau Presbyterian

Mary Owen Borden Foundation

Center for Hispanic Policy Research

Investors Bank

Santander Bank