Casa Latina advances the power and well-being of Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing.

News & Information

Wage Theft Noir: How Casa Latina Deals with Real Life Crime and Drama

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 4:16pm

Movie theaters provide Seattle with the best of crime, drama, intrigue, and detective work on film, but what happens when this type of action takes place in real life at a cinema near you?

Jorge cleaned a movie theater for two and a half years, but the janitorial company that hired him failed to pay his overtime. When payday came around, the boss ignored Jorge, and came to owe him $15,000 in unpaid wages. 

Important News from Casa Latina's Executive Director

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 5:39pm
Dear Friends and Allies,
Since I began organizing Casa Latina with Latino day laborers and activists in the early 1990s, it has been my dream to  build a strong organization that I could someday pass on to a new leader.  It is with excitement—and some sadness—that I can say that time has arrived. Over the next few months, I will be transitioning out of my role as executive director of Casa Latina and plan to pass the torch to a new leader in the first quarter of 2016. 

Throwback Thursday: Casa Latina Keeps Growing

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:00pm

Remember Casa Latina's humble beginnings? This photo was taken in 1999 and shows Casa Latina's original building where we taught English classes and dispatched workers for over 10 years.

A supporter once described Casa Latina as a "dandelion in a sidewalk crack." She explained, "Casa Latina serves an important niche in the Seattle community. The organization is also tough and strong and shines so much beauty on Seattle." 

Since 1999, we've moved from this humble trailer in an empty parking lot to three brand new buildings!

Second Wave of Hunger Strikes Begin at Northwest Detention Center

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 4:16pm

Tacoma WA - Immigrants held at the Northwest Detention Center are once again adding their voices to the mounting outcry for President Obama to stop deportations. Seeing little change in their conditions following the hunger strike that began on March 7th, about 70 people rejoined the hunger strike on Monday, March 24th. Hearing of others rejoining the strike, hunger strike leader Ramon Mendoza Pascual began eating after more than two weeks of fasting. Jesus Gaspar Navarro remains in isolation after 20 days on hunger strike.