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  • 1. FILIPINO AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND DEFEND. SERVE. EDUCATE www.faldef.org
  • 2. “In this age of darkness, there are two ways of spreading light. You may either be a candle, or the mirror that reflects its light.”-Benigno ‘Ninoy’ S. Aquino Jr., We are choosing to be both.
  • 3. FILIPINO AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE and EDUCATION FUND FALDEF is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal services to members of the Filipino-American Community. It was founded in 2008 by a group of lawyers, professionals and community leaders working towards the same goal. FALDEF
  • 4. OUR MISSION FALDEF is committed to achieve the realization of the full potential of the Filipino American Community as an integral part of the immigrant community in the United States through impact litigation, education, and advocacy.
  • 5. OUR VISION A vibrant Filipino American community whose members can freely share their knowledge, talents and resources to fully advance the welfare of their family and society without fear of unjust treatment due to their heritage.
  • 6. WHY THE NEED? Asians recently surpassed Hispanics as the largest immigrant group in the United States "Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the United States“ PEW Research Center Study Filipinos are the second largest Asian group in the United States There needs to be a platform, a resource, an organization for the Filipino American Community to go to when they are suffering injustices “Pinoy couple fights deportation order.” “Fil-Am accused of murder faces death penalty.” “Undocumented Pinoys in US worry about work and deportation.”
  • 7. OUR PROGRAMS EDUCATIONAL: Know your rights Town Hall Forums LEGAL CLINICS: DACA
  • 8. Know your rights Employment for teachers in New York Immigration and Employment in New York and Pennsylvania
  • 9. Legal Clinics Free one on one consultation with clients and lawyers held in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and other states throughout the east coast.
  • 10. DACA Deferred Action forChildhood Arrivals PATH (Providing Access to Hope) for DREAMS An initiative with PCGNY (Philippine Consulate General of New York and NaFFAA (National Federation for Filipino American Associations) at Temple University, New York, New Jersey
  • 11. Town Hall Forums Panel discussions on important initiatives and policies that directly affect the Filipino American community.
  • 12. VOTER EDUCATION Partnership with AALDEF (Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund) for Asian American Election Protection and Poll Monitoring
  • 13. OUR CASES Immigration Labor Humanitarian Criminal Domestic Violence Human Trafficking
  • 14. Immigration The DREAMers: John Quidilla, Miguel Gulfin The most recognizable undocumented immigrant: Jose Antonio Vargas Community leaders facing deportation: The Servanos, The Gulfins
  • 15. Labor 1400 teachers whose contracts were not renewed prohibiting them from extending their visas: Maryland Teachers
  • 16. Humanitarian New Jersey couple facing deportation while wife was suffering from cancer: The Tonogs
  • 17. Criminal Filipino Adoptee on death row in Texas : Gabriel Hall
  • 18. Domestic Violence VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) A battered Filipina fighting for custody of her “sex abused” daughter: Carina Barsotti
  • 19. Human Trafficking Filipina in distress rescued from her employers: Rina Hernandez
  • 20. THE DEMAND Filipino Americans and other members of the migrant community from all over the United States, who find themselves in distress, reach out to us everyday for assistance.
  • 21. OUR PLANS We developed a three year Strategic Plan 2012-2015 Our goals are to be able to meet the demand for our services by: Securing funding Collaborative efforts Expanding our offices and hiring a full time staff
  • 22. ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING INITITAVE There are over 11 million Filipino overseas workers all over the world. The United States in Persons Report on the Philippines indicated that the country is a prime source for men, women, and children who are subjected to human trafficking. Government and non-governmental organizations estimate 300,000 to 400,00 women and 60,000 to 100,000 children are trafficked from the Philippines every year. We have to protect our people.
  • 23. PHILDEC Philippine Legal Defense and Education Center An independent agency in the Philippines set to primarily engage in human trafficking injustices with FALDEF, government agencies, and other NGOSs.
  • 24. “If you got them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.” – Theodore Roosevelt