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Rosa Torres Caskey to Receive Award

Posted by admin on 2007/4/17 5:00:00 (2236 reads)


Activist Rosa Torres Caskey will be honored at the Access to Justice Awards on May 1, 2007 for her efforts on behalf of the Miami Valley’s Hispanic community. Ms. Caskey, a Xenia resident, currently serves as president of the Dayton council of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Ms. Caskey is employed as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce.

This will be the second year for the Access to Justice Awards, presented by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc., (ABLE), Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc., (LAWO), and the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP). The awards recognize Miami Valley residents who devote significant professional and personal time to causes of social justice.

“I am really honored with this nomination,” said Ms. Caskey, “but I don’t do this work for the awards or the recognition. I do it as a public service. It’s important to me to make sure that the voices of the voiceless are heard. There are so many people who won’t come forward…and all we have to do is speak up for them.”

Rosa Caskey will receive the Community Advocacy Award for her work with LULAC, the nation’s oldest and largest Hispanic organization. Currently serving as both President of LULAC’s Dayton council and Director of LULAC Ohio, Rosa was instrumental in establishing LULAC councils in Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lima and Toledo.

Caskey will join Dayton attorney Susan Brasier and Preble county businesswoman Mary Bullen on the awards podium during the event, to be held at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center on May 1st. Brasier will be recognized for her work on behalf of domestic violence victims, and Bullen for her efforts to encourage affordable housing development in Preble County.

LULAC works to encourage advancement of the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans of all nationalities. LULAC councils provide more than a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year, conduct citizenship and voter registration drives, develop low income housing units, conduct youth leadership training programs, and seek to empower the Hispanic community at the local, state and national level.

As LULAC’s Dayton council’s president, Rosa has advocated for the rights of Hispanic residents before a number of legislative bodies, including the Dayton City Commission and the city council of Yellow Springs. In addition to launching a scholarship program for Dayton-area Hispanic students, Rosa helped create a partnership between SBC, the East End Community Center, and Linden Avenue Baptist Church to create and staff a computer lab, providing Spanish-language computers that allow users to conduct online job searches, take English classes, computer classes, and visit Spanish-language Web sites in their home countries.

“Rosa’s advocacy accomplishments are many,” said her nominator, Carolina Silva. “What is remarkable is that they have all been achieved on a volunteer basis…and this advocacy even extends into her personal faith, where she served as the first Hispanic Elder in her congregation at Memorial United Presbyterian Church.” Ms. Caskey also served as chair of Hispanic Ministries at Miami Presbytery, and was the Hispanic Moderator of the Cabinet of Ethnic Church Affairs for the Synod of the Covenant.

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, along with its affiliate law firm Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, work with the Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project to provide no-cost legal help to low-income Miami Valley residents in civil cases such as domestic violence, elder abuse, immigration issues, housing issues and consumer protection.

ABLE and LAWO are 501 (c) (3) non-profit organizations funded in part with support from generous individuals and charitable organizations in the Miami Valley.

For more information about the Access to Justice Awards Dinner, contact the ABLE Development office at 535-4432.
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