Posted by: centrohumanitario | July 2, 2010

A wage Theft Awareness Night

SUGGESTED DONATION FOR THIS EVENT IS FROM $1.00 to $15.00 but no one will be turn away for lack of funds.  This is also targeting the immigrant working class community so please invite your members.

Come and enjoy a night dedicated to the men and women who work tirelessly to support their families. Even through the hardships of dealing with wage theft, immigrant day laborer’s remain zealous and focused on bettering their lives and that of their families.  The event’s purpose is to raise awareness of the immoral act of wage theft in an effort to stop it from continuing.

Date: 07/14/2010

Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm


1468 Dayton St, Aurora Colorado 80010

In collaboration with the Shadow Theatre

For questions contact Raul at: 720-363-6075

Posted by: centrohumanitario | May 18, 2010

Voice-raiser: The Face of Wage Theft


Voice-Raiser: The Face of Wage Theft

Centro Humanitario and the Workers Rights Task Force invites you to participate and learn about Wage Theft and its effects on low wage workers in Colorado.  Find out what you can do, how to get involve, and listen to the stories of low wage workers and learn how wage theft affects their daily lives.


“Short vignettes on Immigrant rights by the Romero Theater Troupe” (New Addition!)

A vision workshop about wage theft – facilitated by Let Us Rise

See the face of Wage Theft through the lenses of Ric Urrutia from Behind the Lens Productions

Listen to a collection of Voices of workers who have been victims of wage theft recorded by DU Students of History

Reflect with the poetry of Daniel Klawitter from the Workers Task Force and the Interfaith Workers Alliance.

We will also have a panel of workers and members of the Workers Task Force

Special Guests to be announced!

Where: Mercury Café | 2199 California Street Denver Colorado

When: Wednesday June 16th

Doors open at 6pm

pre-sell tickets $9 dollars

Slide Scale $12-20

For more information write to Raul at or call him at 303.292.4115 ext. 103.

All funds go to Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores and workers affected by Wage Theft.

Job description: Executive Director, El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers)

El Centro Humanitario is Denver’s unique day laborer organization that defends the rights of casual and nonstandard workers (laborers and domestic workers) through direct organizing, policy change and workforce development. Founded by workers and community advocates in 2002, El Centro provides a cutting edge labor advocacy organization that seeks economic justice, immigrant rights and economic development for immigrant day laborers and low wage workers.

Our Mission

El Centro Humanitario promotes the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills and leadership development, united action and advocacy. Our goals are to develop a sense of community and self sufficiency among workers and to foster worker ownership over El Centro.

El Centro Humanitario is looking for a new executive director who will be responsible for the sustainable growth and overall management of the organization to enhance the mission of El Centro Humanitario.


I. Visionary Leadership and Program Development

1.      Assure that the organization has a visionary long term strategy that is both mission-based and sustainable.

2.       Promote active leadership by worker members in all areas of the organization’s work and assist program staff in carrying out the program goals and implementation.

3.      Lead with a management style that is consistent with El Centro’s belief in creating a democratic workplace that develops the leadership of worker leaders, staff and volunteers.

4.       Provide leadership in developing programs, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff, and carry out plans and policies authorized by the board.

5.       Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.

6.       Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.

II. Fiscal Management and Development/Fundraising

1.       Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices.

2.       Work with the staff, treasurer and the board in preparing a budget and implement the financial policy.

3.       Ensure that adequate funds are available to permit the organization to carry out its work.

4.       Be responsible for the overall fundraising plans and implementation including events, individual donations and grant writing (private foundations, state/federal grants) to ensure that the organization continues to grow in a sustainable manner.

5.       Be responsible for growing and sustaining individual donors through ongoing relationship building and active meetings with supporters to ensure that all donors/supporters receive appropriate and timely information about the organizational work/campaigns.

6.       Be responsible for developing an internal administrative system to ensure that all board members and staff of the organization actively participate in fundraising efforts and carry out their duties in fundraising activities.

III. Communication and Community Relationship

1.       Ensure that El Centro Board is not only kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it but also develop an infrastructure for

El Centro’s    board members to actively participate in enhancing the mission of the organization.

2.  Promote community and volunteer engagement in all areas of the organization.

3. Publicize and promote the activities of the organization, its programs and goals.

4.       Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups, governmental staff and the general public.

5.       Create a healthy external communication system to ensure that the messages of organizational work and campaigns have consistent and coherent messages to the larger general public.

IV. Supervision of Staff

1.       Be responsible for the recruitment, employment, and release of all personnel, both paid staff and volunteers.

2.       Ensure that job descriptions are developed, that regular performance evaluations are held, and that sound human resource practices are in place.

3.       Encourage staff and volunteer development and education, and assist program staff in relating their specialized work to the total program of the organization.


a.       Demonstrated commitment to social justice work and strong leadership skills.

b.      At least five years of management or leadership experience as an executive director of an organization or as a senior management staff at an organization with a budget of $250,000 or higher.

c.       At least five years of proven experience in fundraising and grant-writing (private, state/federal grants, individual donors).

d.      Proven experience in building relationships with board members, volunteers, community members and community organizations.

e.      Experience/background in community organizing, labor, or immigration work.

f.        Excellent communication skills including excellent verbal and written skills.

g.       Bi-Lingual (English-Spanish) a must.

h.      Ability to manage multiple priorities, projects and tasks effectively.

i.         Excellent interpersonal skills.

j.        Bachelor’s degree with graduate degree preferred or relevant experience in a related field.

Salary and compensation: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Medical benefits, pension, vacation and sick leave.

Deadline to apply: June 4, 2010

Ideal Starting date of employment: Between August 1, 2010 and August 15, 2010.

Application packet: cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample that answers the following three questions.  The writing sample should not exceed three pages.

1. What is your philosophy of social change and community organizing?

2. What is your experience with development and fundraising (including private, state/federal, individual donors/grassroots fundraising, special events and other)?

3. What is your experience working with immigrants and worker rights?

All application materials should be sent to

El Centro Humanitario is an Equal Employment Opportunity workplace. People of color, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) people, bilingual people, women, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Posted by: centrohumanitario | April 27, 2010

May 1st Action for Immigration Reform Scheduled for Denver

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Contact Raul Paz Pastrana, – 303.292.4115 ext. 103

May 1st Actions for Immigration Reform Across the State
Denver to issue leadership score cards to Senators Udall and Bennet

COLORADO- On May 1, hundreds of youth, faith leaders, businesses, environmentalists, farmers, immigrants and allies will gather at Sunken Gardens Park in Denver to grade the leadership of Colorado’s Senators on Immigration Reform. The event, entitled “Leadership for Immigration Reform: Grade Your Senators on May 1st,” comes the day after score cards on Senate Leadership are to be prepared by the Reform Immigration for America Campaign.

The May 1 Denver event coincides with other actions being held in Colorado in Longmont, Boulder, Montrose, Yuma and Glenwood Springs. Hundreds of thousands are expected to join solidarity rallies across the country.

WHAT: Hundreds of Coloradans to gather to grade Senators Udall and Bennet on their leadership for Immigration Reform

WHERE: Sunken Gardens Park on Speer Blvd, between 8th and 10th Ave, Denver

WHEN: 12pm, Saturday, May 1

WHO: Students, faith leaders, businesses, environmentalists, farmers, immigrants, allies

WHY: To grade Colorado Senators on their leadership for a comprehensive immigration reform that works for families, workers and the US economy

Supporting Organizations: Reform Immigration for America, Rights for All People, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Mi Familia Vota, Service Employees International Union Local 105, Metro Organizations for People, Padres and Jovenes Unido, Latina Initiative, Centro Humanitario, Colorado Progressive Coalition and COLOR.

Other events on May 1:
Boulder, Courthouse on the Boulder Mall, 1pm, more information: (303) 443-9899
Longmont, march starting 17th and Main St., 11am, more information: (303) 485-1622
Montrose, Centennial Plaza, 433 So. 1st St., 1 pm, more information: (970) 417-6538
Yuma, Yuma City Park, 9:30 am, more information: (970) 630-4337
Glenwood Springs, Sayre Park, 1pm, more information: (919) 360-2920
Para Distribución Inmediata: Lunes, abril 26, 2010
Contacto: Raul Paz Pastrana, – 303.292.4115 ext. 103

Acciones del 1 de Mayo para una Reforma Migratoria a través del Estado
Denver dará tarjetas de calificaciones en liderazgo a los Senadores Udall y Bennet

COLORADO- El 1 de mayo, cientos de jóvenes, líderes de fe, laborales, medioambientalistas, granjeros, inmigrantes y aliados se reunirán en el parque Sunken Gardens en Denver para calificar el liderazgo de los Senadores de Colorado para la Reforma Migratoria. El evento, titulado “Liderazgo para una Reforma Migratoria: Califique a Sus Senadores el 1 de Mayo,” viene el día después de que la Campaña Reforma Migratoria pro América prepare las calificaciones sobre Liderazgo en el Senado.

El evento del 1 de mayo en Denver coincide con otras acciones que tomaran lugar en Colorado en las ciudades de Longmont, Boulder, Montrose, Yuma y Glenwood Springs. Se espera que cientos de miles se reúnan en ralléis de solidaridad a través del país.

QUE: Cientos de Coloradenses se reunirán para calificar a los Senadores Udall y Bennet en su liderazgo por una Reforma Migratoria.
DONDE: Parque Sunken Gardens en Speer Blvd, entre las calles 8 y 10, en Denver
CUANDO: 12pm, Sábado, 1 de Mayo

QUIEN: Estudiantes, líderes de fe, de negocios, medioambientalistas, granjeros, inmigrantes, aliados

POR QUE: Para calificar a los Senadores de Colorado en su liderazgo por una reforma migratoria comprensiva que trabaje para familias, trabajadores y la economía Estadounidense.

Organizaciones que Apoyan: Reform Immigration for America, Rights for All People, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Mi Familia Vota, Service Employees International Union Local 105, Metro Organizations for People, Padres and Jovenes Unido, Latina Initiative, Centro Humanitario, Colorado Progressive Coalition y COLOR.

Otros eventos el 1 de Mayo:
Boulder, Courthouse en el Boulder Mall, 1pm, más información: (303) 443-9899
Longmont, marcha empezndo 17th y Main11am, más información: (303) 485-1622
Montrose, Centennial Plaza, 433 So. 1st St., 1 pm, más información: (970) 417-6538
Yuma, Yuma City Park, 9:30 am, más información: (970) 630-4337
Glenwood Springs, Sayre Park, 1pm, más información: (919) 360-2920

Posted by: centrohumanitario | April 13, 2010

Worker Owned Green Cleaning Co-Op manager job position

Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Worker Owned Green Cleaning Co-op General Manager

Location: Denver, Colorado

Reports to: Executive Director, Centro Humanitario Para los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers)

Status: Full time

Deadline to apply: April 30, 2010


Green Cleaning for Life, LLC is Denver’s new green cleaning co-op that is run and controlled by workers in the underserved community.  The general manager is mainly responsible for marketing, fundraising, obtaining clients to ensure the growth of the green cleaning business. The specific responsibilities include daily operation such as co-op member training, organizing schedules and making estimates to ensure that inventory is created and maintained.


  • Marketing and co-op promotion (35%):  develop creative strategies to promote the co-op and increase contractors/client bases through active outreach and local networking. The outreach activities include: identify local networks, attend local events and train members to represent the company, conduct customer surveys, educate potential customers about the benefits of least toxic cleaning, organize customer specials, prepare print advertisements, and analyze customer sources. Protect and develop our market niche.

  • Fundraising (35%): Write grants (private and federal) or contract bid proposals in order to secure and to develop contracts/client bases.
  • Finance (20%): Prepare annual budget, oversee bookkeeping and accounting and technical services.
  • Member Training/Education (10%): Build leadership of workers, develop green cleaning training materials, and conduct green cleaning training to members. Foster a culture of worker-ownership among co-op members.


  • Bi-lingual preferred (English-Spanish)
  • At least two years of experience as solid supervisory position or manager.
  • At least two years of experience in financial management, marketing and fundraising
  • Experience in industry and with cooperatively owned business preferred.
  • Commitment to creating democratic workplace and social justice.

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Medical benefits and pension

Deadline: April 30, 2010 Employment Start day: ASAP

Application: a cover letter describing your intention, three references and your resume to

Minsun Ji, Executive Director, or mail to

El Centro Humanitario

Attn: Executive Director, 2260 California Street, Denver, CO 80205

Posted by: centrohumanitario | March 23, 2010

worker owned green cleaning cooperative

We are proud to announce Centro Humanitario’s Next Step in the women’s Coop!

In collaboraiton with a nationally recognized green cleaning cooperative in California (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security), Green Cleaning for Life worker owned aims to provide highest quality cleaning services, while building a higher quality life for their families.

Special Discount (50%) by June 30,2010. Contact Sandra at 720-628-2821 or

Click on the image to download a flier!

Posted by: centrohumanitario | February 9, 2010

Come to the legal clinic at Centro Humanitario

Your employer doesn’t want to pay you?

They paid you less then what they agreed upon?

Your employer paid with a fraudulent check?

If this is you, then you have the resources to fight back!

El Centro Humanitario and the University of Denver will be offering a monthly legal clinic for wage theft and fraudulent checks.

1st Orientation: Wednesday 17 0f February at 9:30am

This orientation corresponds with the legal clinic that will take place on Monday 22nd of February from 6 to 8 in the afternoon.

2nd Orientation: Wednesday 24 of March at 9:30am

This orientation corresponds with the legal clinic that will take place on Monday the 29th of March from 6 to 8 in the afternoon.

3rd orientation: Wednesday 21 of April at 9:30am

This orientation corresponds with the legal clinic that will take place on Monday the 26th of April from 6 to 8 in the afternoon.

  • The Wednesday orientations are obligatory for everyone who wants to receive this service
  • We only take cases of unpaid wages, wage theft and fraudulent checks.

For more information contact Raul Paz Pastrana at 303-292-4115 ext. 103

This service is offered by Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores and the University of Denver.

Posted by: centrohumanitario | January 6, 2010

Spanish Classes! At El Centro Humanitario

Take Action…Learn Spanish

  • All classes taught by native speakers
  • Classes focused around speaking and reading skills
  • Classes provide income for marginalized community
  • Join the fight for social justice by learning to speak Spanish!

Weekday Evening Classes

90 minute group classes (limited to 6 students).

Price:  $80

Times: Evening class: 6:00-7:30 pm

€       Tuesdays (Level 1)

Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23

€       Wednesdays (Level 2, Level 3)

Jan 20, Jan 27, Feb 3, Feb 10, Feb 16, Feb 24

Advanced Tutoring

€       1-on-1 tutoring for advanced students

€       Medical Spanish tutoring also available

€       Please inquire about times

Weekend Intensives

Saturday or Sunday 4 hours each (limited to 6 students)

Price: $40 for one day or $80 for both

Time: 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

€       Jan 23/24, Feb 6/7, Feb 20/21

For more information about class specifics, contact Scott:

303-292-4115, ext.100

you can also get enroll online, just click here

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