who we are

  • who we are

    Filipino American Legal Defense & Education Fund (FALDEF) is a national organization that provides pro bono legal services to members of the Filipino American community who are suffering legal injustices by reason of their immigrant origins and status and unable to engage legal aid and assistance on account of poverty.

    FALDEF is dedicated to providing a forum for education, advocacy and scholarships aimed at educating and advancing the interests of the Filipino American community on issues and matters pertinent to immigrant and civil rights.



    Our Vision

    A vibrant Filipino American community whose members can freely share their knowledge, talents and resources to advance the welfare of their family and society without fear of unjust treatment of their heritage.


    Our Mission

    FALDEF is a New York-based organization 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.

    Our Values

    We believe in justice

    We believe in reliability

    We believe in integrity

    We believe in service to others


    Our Services

    We provide pro-bono legal services through legal clinics

    We do community outreach through programs and joint ventures

    We provide mentorship through educational forums



    Click HERE to read more about Our Team

    Click HERE to download or read the FALDEF Presentation on WHY OUR MISSION IS YOUR MISSION.

    Officers and Board of Directors (2014)


    Robert C. Rivas, Esq., Chairman

    Leandro B. Lachica, Esq., President

    Emerito F. Salud, Esq., Vice President

    Marie Aunio, Secretary

    Cely Deauna, Treasurer

    Cecilia R. Mejia, Funding Officer

    Steven Siegel, Esq., General Counsel

    Roger N. Alama, PE, SE

    Patricia Astorga, Esq., (Chairman - Education Dept.)

    Licelle Cobrador, Esq.,  (Chairman - Legal Dept.)

    Angie A. Cruz, Ph.D

    Ryan P. Haygood, Esq.

    JT S. Mallonga, Esq.

    Lito D. Pernia

    Jose L. Ramos, Jr., Office Manager

    Dr. Rebecca C. Rivera

    Rose Rosales

    Nimfa Du-Tinana

    Joven Jose (Director of Information & Technology)

Our team