Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Casa De Maryland, Inc.

  • Hyattsville, MD
  • www.casademaryland.org

Mission Statement

CASA's primary mission is to work with the community to improve the quality of life and fight for equal treatment and full access to resources and opportunities for low-income Latinos and their families. CASA also works with other low-income immigrant communities and organizations, makes its programs and activities available to them, and advocates for social, political, and economic justice for all low-income communities.

Main Programs

  1. LEGAL SERVICES
  2. EDUCATION AND INTEGRATION
  3. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
  4. NATURALIZATION AND IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION
  5. EMPLOYMENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Service Areas

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Maryland

CASA de Maryland serves immigrants across the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties as well as the City of Baltimore. Many of our clients are also from Virginia, the Washington DC region and other states as well.

ruling year

1985

Principal Officer since 1994

Self-reported

Mr. Gustavo Torres

Keywords

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immigrants, day laborers, latinos, legal, education, employment, health, housing, social services, womens programs, refugees, advocacy, grassroots, workers rights, hispanic, domestic workers

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Also Known As

CASA de Maryland

EIN

52-1372972

Physical Address

8151 1th Ave.

Hyattsville, MD 20783

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Minority Rights (R22)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Legal Services (I80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2011 CASA workers collectively earned more than $3 million through jobs obtained at CASA's Welcome Centers, and graduates of CASA's vocational training program reported an average increase in income of $2.84 an hour. More than 640 Legal Permanent Residents applied to become citizens thanks to a statewide New Americans Citizenship Project led by CASA. After 10 years of campaigning, the Maryland DREAM act finally passed in 2011, thanks to the courage and voices of hundreds of young people. And CASA surpassed the 10,000 member mark this past year- a significant milestone towards building collective power!

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

LEGAL SERVICES

CASA’s legal program includes representation and legal counseling on tenant and employment issues, a massive “know your rights” campaign, and basic assistance on a variety of issues of concern to the low-income Latino and immigrant community.

Category

Crime & Legal

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

EDUCATION AND INTEGRATION

CASA offers classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), citizenship preparation, and computer literacy for low-income immigrants. In its introductory classes, CASA utilized “popular education” methodology, a pedagogic approach that originated in Latin America and is particularly effective in communities where there is a low level of formal education.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

CASA engages low-income community members in forming committees that elect leadership structures, receive leadership development training, and engage others in efforts to improve their quality of life. Projects include a community-based crime prevention campaign in Langley Park, prevention circles to combat drug usage, and greater access to health care.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 4

NATURALIZATION AND IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION

CASA is leading the Maryland New Americans Partnership, a coalition which implements an AmeriCorps program that enables eligible immigrants to become naturalized citizens.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Budget

Program 5

EMPLOYMENT AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

CASA operates five worker and immigrant service centers throughout Maryland, providing employment placement services aimed at connecting immigrant workers with safe jobs that pay dignified salaries, and which can lead to economic self-sufficiency. Through a special partnership with local community colleges, CASA also provides industry-specific certificate-geared vocational training opportunities for workers to improve their employability.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

CASA de Maryland serves immigrants across the state of Maryland. Our offices are located in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties as well as the City of Baltimore. Many of our clients are also from Virginia, the Washington DC region and other states as well.

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CASA DE MARYLAND INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Casa De Maryland, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gustavo Torres

BIO

Mr. Torres has been recognized nationally and internationally for his leadership and vision in the immigrant rights movement in the United States. Originally a union leader from Colombia, Mr. Torres came to the U.S. to avoid political persecution. He joined CASA?s staff as a community organizer, and has served as CASA?s Executive Director since 1994. Under his leadership, CASA has grown from an organization with a handful of staff members and a budget of under $500,000 to a nationally awarded multi-service Latino advocacy and support agency with a staff of over 50 and a budget of nearly $5 million. Mr. Torres was the founding president of the Maryland Latino Coalition for Justice, a statewide grassroots lobbying organization, and has served as a Board member on the National Capital Immigration Coalition, the Prince George?s County Executive Transition Committee, Board President of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, member of the Envision Greater Washington Work Group to develop a strategic visioning process for the region for the next 25 years, and on numerous task forces and leadership groups addressing issues of diversity, immigrant rights, and multiculturalism across the Washington metropolitan area. In December 2001 Mr. Torres received the Ford Foundation?s prestigious "Leadership for a Changing World" award, akin to the MacArthur Genius Awards presented to 12 grassroots leaders nationwide. In 2002, Mr. Torres was named one of 15 Washingtonians of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Under his direction, CASA has received numerous awards and national recognition, including: the National Council of La Raza Affiliate of the Year Award in 2004.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev Simon Bautista Betances

Episcopal Dioceses of Washington

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