December 18, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Casa Ruby profiled in Georgetown Law report
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Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby, has said the organization is already carrying out some of the programs and services suggested in the Georgetown report. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The Community Justice Project of the Georgetown University Law Center released a 42-page report last week that assesses the needs of the D.C. transgender community and proposes a plan for Casa Ruby to address those needs.

“Casa Ruby: A Strategic Plan for Serving the Transgender Community in Washington, D.C.” concludes that the most important service currently offered by Casa Ruby is its community center.

“The mere existence of a transgender center has a positive psychological effect on D.C.’s transgender community,” the report says. “Casa Ruby is a multicultural community center and safe space serving transgender, gender queer, and gender nonconforming individuals in Washington, D.C.”

Among other things, the report identifies “key needs” of the local transgender community as access to affordable and culturally competent health care; assistance in obtaining employment and “getting out of underground economies;” assistance overcoming discrimination in housing, medical and legal services, and employment; and “increased personal safety and an improved relationship with the police.”

The report outlines steps that Casa Ruby can take to expand its current services to meet the needs identified in the report through a plan for strategic growth. Ruby Corado, founder and executive director of Casa Ruby, has said the organization is already carrying out some of the programs and services suggested in the report.

The report was prepared by Jason Amirhadji, Jessica DeStefano, and Michelle Mirabal, who are identified as student attorneys from the Georgetown Law Center’s Community Justice Project. Read the full report by following the link below:

Casa Ruby: A Strategic Plan for Serving the Transgender Community

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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