The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF), headquartered in New York City, is the major civil rights advocacy organization for the Puerto Rican community of the United States. PRLDEF was incorporated in February 1972, taking its place among institutions such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund (NAACP LDF) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).
Part 2: Legal Division Case Files, Section A: Law Enforcement and Police Brutality reproduces fifteen case files. The cases cover police brutality, searches and seizures, language use and ability, employment discrimination, jury selection, and the rights of homosexuals. Twelve of the cases come from New York City; one from Suffolk County, New York; one from Springfield, Massachusetts; and one from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The files include correspondence, amicus curiae briefs, transcripts of court proceedings, depositions, affidavits, and other court documents. The cases date from 1970 to 1992.