CARECEN was created 35 years ago to defend the rights of incoming Central American immigrants fleeing violence in their countries of origin. CARECEN has been instrumental in the integration of Latino immigrants as they have settled in the area. Our mission to foster the comprehensive development of the Latino community in the Washington metropolitan region by providing direct services, while promoting grassroots empowerment, civic engagement and human rights advocacy will not change, independent of policies or attacks put in place by the Trump Administration.
CARECEN views migration from a transnational perspective and participates in advocacy spaces that recognize root causes of migration, and the challenges faced in countries of transit and reception. CARECEN defends the rights of immigrants and refugees and will continue to fight against laws and barriers that impede the full integration of immigrants that call the DC area their home. Our office will be a safe space where community members can come and get information on how policies impact their lives and how to defend themselves. We will continue to provide quality services, lead policy changes at local, state, and national levels, and participate in gatherings such as marches, rallies, and vigils that bring together people of different races, ethnicities, economic levels and geographic locations for a common cause of defending justice for our community.