Today’s a big day for CASA Latina, as they move into their new headquarters at 17th & Jackson. The organization helps educate and find employment for immigrant day laborers.
In an email sent over the weekend, CASA Latina’s Executive Director said that for now only the administrative offices and educational programs are making the move. The day laborer services have not moved yet due to ongoing protests by some unhappy clients at their current site in Belltown. There weren’t any signs of protests at the new Jackson St. site when we went by earlier today.
This move been the subject of a lot of discussion and some bad feelings among at least a few residents over the last year and a half. The organization signed a Good Neighbor Agreement that says they will have staff members patrolling the blocks around the new building to keep freelance day laborers from setting up shop. We’ll check back once the employment services have moved and see how that’s going.