CIVIL RIGHTS DIRECTORY

PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS - (L-M)

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Latino InstituteLawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Leadership Conference Education Fund
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
League of United Latin American Citizens (National)
League of United Latin American Citizens (Washington)
League of United Latin American Citizens Foundation
League of Women Voters Education Fund
League of Women Voters of the United States
Legal Services for the Elderly
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mexican-American Women's National Association
Migrant Legal Action Program, Inc.
Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund
Morning Star Institute

LABOR COUNCIL FOR LATIN AMERICAN ADVANCEMENT (LCLAA)
815 16th Street, NW, Suite 310
Washington, DC 20006

Henry C. Gonzalez, National President
Tel: (202) 347-4223
Fax: (202) 347-5095
TDD: None

LCLAA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan voter education and registration organization with a mission to educate Hispanic union members and their families of their rights.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


LATINO INSTITUTE
228 S. Wabash, 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Migdalia (Millie) Rivera, Executive Director
Tel: (312) 663-3602
Fax: (312) 663-4023
TDD: None

The Institute is a policy and leadership development not-for-profit organization that serves as a resource on Latino issues for educators, community-based organizations, media, governments, businesses, and the general public. The purpose of the Institute is to empower individuals and groups to obtain a fair share of public and private resources to improve the quality of life for the Latino community in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Geographic areas(s) served: Chicago metropolitan area
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter and research reports


LAWYERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW
1450 G Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20005

Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 662-8600
Fax: (202) 842-3211
TDD: None

The Committee was created, according to its mission statement, at the request of President Kennedy "to involve the private bar in the provision of legal services to victims of racial discrimination." Its areas of work include housing and school desegregation, voting rights, employment discrimination, and environmental racism.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: None


LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE EDUCATION FUND (LCEF)
1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20006

Arnold Aronson, President and Founder
Karen McGill Lawson, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 466-3434
Fax: (202) 466-3435
TDD: None

LCEF conducts research and educational activities on civil rights issues. LCEF's goal is to strengthen the Nation's commitment to civil rights and equality of opportunity for all. It issues reports, serves as a clearinghouse, sponsors conferences, develops public service announcements, and serves as an adviser on civil rights-related projects.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter and periodic publications


LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS (LCCR)
1629 K Street, NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC 20006

Dorothy Height, Chair
Wade Henderson, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 466-3311
Fax: (202) 466-3435
TDD: (202) 785-3859

LCCR is a coalition of 180 organizations representing minorities, women, labor, religious denominations, persons with disabilities, and older Americans. LCCR advocates for strong Federal civil rights legislation and its enforcement.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Legislative alerts, memoranda on current issues


LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC)
National Office
One State National Plaza
221 NW Kansas, Suite 1200
El Paso, TX 79901

Belen Robles , National President
Tel: (915) 577-0726
Fax: (915) 577-0914
TDD: None

With approximately 115,000 members throughout the United States, LULAC is the oldest and largest Hispanic organization in the country. Today it continues to pursue its original purpose of uniting the efforts of civic groups to assist underprivileged and underrepresented Hispanic Americans. It provides direct services, as well as research on virtually all social, political, and economic issues facing Hispanics. LULAC has trained and found jobs for thousands of Hispanics; built housing for thousands more; provided over $4 million in scholarship aid to Hispanic students; launched programs for youth, women, and the elderly; and reached out in cooperative alliance with corporate America.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Bimonthly magazine


LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC)
Washington Office
1133 Twentieth Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036

Brent A. Wilkes, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 408-0060
Fax: (202) 408-0064
TDD: None


LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC) FOUNDATION
P.O. Box 902
Laredo, TX 78042-5544

Paul Garza, Chairman
Tel: (210) 722-5544
Fax: (210) 722-7731
TDD: None

The LULAC Foundation is a tax-exempt subsidiary of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The Foundation supports efforts to improve the quality of life for Americans in the United States. The Foundation operates programs in health awareness and health care, helps qualified residents to become citizens of the United States, and provides funds through the LULAC councils to help grassroots volunteers participate in local community improvement programs.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: None


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS EDUCATION FUND (LWVEF)
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

Judy Conover, Executive Director
Tel: (202) 429-1965
Fax: (202) 429-0854
TDD: None

LWVEF is committed to guaranteeing full, free, and equal access to the ballot to all Americans regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. The LWVEF works closely with civil rights organizations to monitor the implementation of the National Voter Registration Act and to increase the percentage of registered voters in those populations currently underrepresented.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Reports, handbooks, posters, and guides


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE UNITED STATES
1730 M Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Becky Cain, President
Tel: (202) 429-1965
Fax: (202) 429-0854
TDD: None

The League works to promote social and economic justice, secure equal rights for all, and combat discrimination and poverty. As co-chair of a coalition for the National Voter Registration Act, passed in 1993, the League acted to achieve the enfranchisement of millions of citizens by making voter registration more accessible. The League also undertakes projects to eliminate discrimination against women.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly magazine


LEGAL SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY (LSE)
130 W. 42nd Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036-7803

Jonathan A. Weiss, Director
Tel: (212) 391-0120
Fax: (212) 719-1939
TDD: None

LSE handles discrimination cases associated with age, handicap, race, national origin, and sex. Attorneys work for indigents.

Geographic areas(s) served: Not specific; this is a backup/referral office
Type(s) of publications: Issue papers related to age discrimination, social security and medicaid, SSI, etc.


MEIKLEJOHN CIVIL LIBERTIES INSTITUTE
P.O. Box 673
Berkeley, CA 94701-0673

Ann Fagan Ginger, Executive Director
Tel: (510) 848-0599
Fax: (510) 848-6008
TDD: None

The Institute advises activists regarding legal issues, new laws, and national and international agencies to which they can turn for redress of grievances; offers internships and work-study opportunities to students and employment for seniors; publishes and distributes books, directories, and studies of issues and persons impacting civil rights; and archives documents.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Biennial directory and annual newsletter


MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND (MALDEF)
634 S. Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Antonia Hernandez, President and General Counsel
Tel: (213) 629-2512
Fax: (213) 629-0266
TDD: None

MALDEF is a national Latino litigation, advocacy, and educational outreach institution. MALDEF's primary objective is to protect and promote the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States. MALDEF works to safeguard the rights of Latinos and empower the community to participate fully in American society. This is accomplished through legal action, community education, advocacy, research, and the awarding of law school scholarships.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter and annual report


MEXICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S NATIONAL ASSOCIATION (MANA)
1725 K Street, NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20006

Elisa Maria Sanchez, National President
Tel: (202) 833-0060
Fax: (202) 496-0588
TDD: None

Feminism finds a voice in Hispanic communities with MANA, an association dedicated to advancing the status of American women of Hispanic descent. MANA hopes to reach this goal by promoting leadership among Hispanic women, improving communication, and by furthering parity with Hispanics. MANA is a nonprofit corporation financed by membership dues and by other donations.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Quarterly newsletter


MIGRANT LEGAL ACTION PROGRAM, INC. (MLAP)
P.O. Box 53308
Washington, DC 20009

Hon. Armando Rodriguez, Chairperson
Tel: (202) 462-7744
Fax: (202) 462-7914
TDD: None

This organization was established to protect and further the rights and interest of migrant farmworkers. MLAP is not a membership organization. There are 49 migrant field programs, private attorneys and groups for which MLAP provides services, such as resource material, policy development, litigation support, public education, and training on farmworker housing, labor conditions, and education.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Bimonthly newsletter


MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND
900 2nd Street, NW, Suite 8
Washington, DC 20002

Parren J. Mitchell, Chairperson
Tel: (202) 289-1700
Fax: (202) 289-1701
TDD: None

The Fund provides information and legal assistance to advance the development of minority businesses nationwide. With a membership of more than 2,000 minority business persons, the Fund meets at least four times a year in sessions designed to help entrepreneurs understand existing laws and pending legislation that impact on minority business.

Geographic areas(s) served: United States
Type(s) of publications: Newsletter


MORNING STAR INSTITUTE (MSI)
403 10th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Susan Shown Harjo, President
Tel: (202) 547-5531
Fax: (202) 546-6724
TDD: None

The Institute is a national, nonprofit organization for support of Native Peoples' traditional rights and advocacy of their arts, with a special focus on Native American religious freedom and cultural property rights. The Institute also serves as a group sponsor of Native Children's Survival, devoted to the healing of Mother Earth, and sponsors legal action and public education to end use of Native Peoples' names and imagery in the sports world.

Geographic areas(s) served: Indian Country
Type(s) of publications: Periodic subject reports, notices, and guides