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MALDEF National President Thomas Saenz

November 8, 2019 – Thomas Saenz is the national president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and its general counsel. Saenz has been a key figure in the Martínez/Yazzie v. State of New Mexico lawsuit, the case that is forcing the state to improve the education it provides for certain groups of students. Recently, both groups of plaintiffs asked the court to set more strict deadlines for the state to prove it is making progress. Correspondent Russell Contreras speaks with Saenz about what’s ahead in the case and why MALDEF, established more than 50 years ago, is still needed today. 

Thomas Saenz, MALDEF national president 

For Further Reading:

MALDEF | Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

New Yazzie court filings seek more action on educationNew Mexico In Depth 


The Line: The Connection Between Stable Housing & Reduced Child Abuse

Hands holding house

May 18, 2018 – A safe place to call home is a crucial need for some New Mexico families. This week, reporter Lauren Villagran covered a pilot program that is addressing housing and has shown promise for reducing child abuse and neglect at the same time. Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists react to the story and discuss affordable housing in New Mexico.

Searchlight New Mexico article by Lauren Villagran: A promising new tool against child abuse

Line Panelists:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Sophie Martin, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator