Founded in 1985, CASA is the foremost Latino and immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region. Its mission is create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in working class and immigrant communities. Over its 33-year history, CASA has won the deep trust of the immigrant community, and established itself as a strong national leader in innovations for immigrant-focused services, as well as a backbone organization for collective impact involving community-based, government, and private partners.CASA advances human rights and immigrant rights through service, education, organizing, and advocacy strategies. Its core programmatic areas include: economic success, education and youth success, stable and thriving lifestyles, neighborhood transformation, and political and progressive action.
CASA in Action is the 501(c)(4) sister organization of CASA. In Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, CASA in Action seeks to increase civic engagement among Latino and immigrant communities and effective progressive political change by engaging in legislative and political advocacy, large-scale Get Out the Vote campaigns, as well as through political education and community organizing. The campaigns we prioritize and the candidates we endorse are chosen by our membership of working-class immigrants who are seeking justice for their communities and full human rights for all. Since its launch in 2010, CASA in Action has mobilized thousands of Latinos and other voters of color to the polls through targeted data-driven electoral programs in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
CASA and CASA in Action currently have seven offices in Maryland, two in northern Virginia and one in south central Pennsylvania. Their nearly 100,000 members members include low-income immigrants, Latinos, and working-class families, the majority of whom come from Latin America and West Africa and speak Spanish or French as their first language.