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New - Public Statement from the Board

You may have seen the article about Casa Latina in the Seattle Times yesterday. In case you missed it, here is a public statement made by the board last week. To reiterate the statement made by the board on May 26th, the Casa Latina Board of Directors has received communications from former staff, current staff, and members with concerns about the sexual harassment complaints and overall work culture. We appreciate all efforts to reach out to the board to share information and will be overseeing an external investigation.
Last week, we retained D Diamond Consulting to conduct an independent investigation to gather pertinent information, review practices and procedures and make a full report to the Board of Directors. D Diamond Consulting is an experienced investigator with over 35 years of experience. The investigation will be conducted in approximately 3 weeks.
The board is also in the process of finalizing a contract with a dispute resolution and mediation consultant.
In the interim, we are taking steps to ensure a workplace of safety by expediting staff’s annual mandatory training in sexual harassment to ensure it takes place within the next 30 days. Casa Latina’s Executive Director is currently reviewing procedures as they pertain to our worker center in collaboration with program participants and staff. He is continuing meeting with members to encourage coming forward with any complaints.
In the interest of a fair and impartial investigation, we will not have any further comments on this matter until the investigation has been completed.
Sincerely,
Pilar Pacheco, Casa Latina board president