Formed in 2004, Casa Ruby is a bilingual multicultural LGBTQ organization serving LGBTQ people (particularly TGNC people and LGBTQ immigrants) in the Washington DC area. It is named after a translatina activist from El Salvador, Ruby Corado, who has coordinated the group since its beginning. Casa Ruby runs a drop-in crisis intervention center and a career and employment services program, both targeting homeless LGBTQ folks and LGBTQ immigrants. Most of Casa Ruby’s clients have household incomes of less than $10,000. Their community center also provides advocacy and mobilization support for community members and activists to organize for social justice. For example, they house the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project of DC (QUIP DC). They are one of very few organizations nationally that works with LGBTQ (mostly trans) immigrants who have criminal convictions to fight their deportations and access services.
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.
Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with Casa Ruby’s Ruby Corado: