CASA de Maryland Celebrates a Year of Advances in Justice with Critical Partners in the Fight for Stronger Communities

Posted June 11, 2014 /

For immediate release. Contact: Susana Flores, sflores@casamd.org240-706-2624

CASA de Maryland Celebrates a Year of Advances in Justice with Critical Partners in the Fight for Stronger Communities

What: CASA’s Justice Awards Night 2014 Where: Citi Rooftop Terrace 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 12th Floor Washington, DC 20004

When: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:30pm — 9:00pm

Who: CASA de Maryland, Keynote speaker: Governor Martin O’Malley, Special guest speaker: Thomas Perez, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Presenter: Tefere Gebre, Executive Vice President, AFL-CIO, Master of Ceremonies: Erika Gonzalez, NBC4, Citi Community Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Jaime Contreras, Vice President, 32BJ SEIU, Helia de la Cruz Palencia, and more

Washington,  DC- This Thursday, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, and the national labor leader Tefere Gebre will join CASA de Maryland’s Justice Awards Night to celebrate a year of victories and recognize the extraordinary partners that have driven advances in justice. “In Maryland, we know that diversity is our greatest strength, and that we all do better when we’re all doing better,” Gov. O’Malley said. “Working together, we passed the Maryland DREAM Act, doubled the amount of state contracts awarded to Hispanic businesses, and have driven our Hispanic unemployment rate down to the lowest in the country. We’ll continue to move forward and make progress…together.” Justice Awards Night will be presented by NBC4 Anchor Erika Gonzalez and will honor four champions.  Citi Community Development is being awarded for their ground-breaking work addressing the cost barriers to citizenship by establishing a first of its type citizenship small loan program.

“Citi shares CASA’s commitment to financial inclusion and economic empowerment,” said Bob Annibale, Global Director of Citi Community Development and Microfinance. “Over the years, we have worked together to develop groundbreaking programs like Citizenship Maryland, which has helped hundreds of low-income legal permanent residents obtain U.S. citizenship and enjoy the full range of opportunities our country offers. The Citizenship Maryland initiative has become a national model, and it is being replicated in cities across the country, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.” Enterprise Community Partners is being recognized for its commitment to preserving the Langley Park community as a diverse community where families can thrive. “Enterprise is honored to receive recognition from Casa de Maryland.  We look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of families living along the Purple Line corridor.” said David Bowers Enterprise Vice President and Market Leader.

Jaime Contreras is receiving an award for his deep and long-term commitment to advancing immigrant rights.

“CASA de Maryland under Gustavo Torres’ leadership has become a beacon of hope for underserved communities in Maryland and in this region, if we had a CASA de Maryland in other states around the country, the sky could be the limit for these communities.” said Jaime Contreras Vice President, 32BJ SEIU. Helia de la Cruz Palencia, a CASA member, will be recognized for her leadership in pressing Congress to pass commonsense immigration reform. Justice Awards Night is CASA’s largest annual fundraising event and hundreds are expected to attend.  The event this year has been sponsored by Citi Community Partners, Congressman John Delaney, the Communication Workers of America, the Service Employees International Union 32BJ, Murthy Law Firm, Arnold & Porter LLP, Kaiser Permanente, United Food and Commercial Workers, and many others, whose contributions will benefit CASA’s services for immigrant families and its grassroots advocacy for social justice.   Media RSVP: Susana Flores,