Centro Presente will hold a ceremony to mark the closing of a rich and important chapter in its history. After 27 years in the Central Square area, the leading Latino immigrant rights organization in Massachusetts will close its doors at 54 Essex Street and relocate to 17 Innerbelt Road in Somerville.
«Cambridge definitely has a special place in the heart of the Salvadoran and Central American immigrant community» stated Elena Letona, Centro Presente’s Executive Director. «When civil war broke out in El Salvador in 1980 and tens of thousands of Salvadorans were displaced, many found their way to Massachusetts and found and founded a home in Cambridge. Since then, Cambridge has provided unflagging support and solidarity» Letona continued.
Mayor Denise Simmons, Councilor Tim Toomey and other elected officials and community leaders will be present at Centro Presente’s ceremony to thank and honor Cambridge for the support received since the organization’s founding in 1981. «We are profoundly grateful for the welcome we received in the early 1980s and for the continued and steadfast solidarity. While we will no longer be physically located in Cambridge, we know that our paths will continue to cross in our work towards a more just, loving and peaceful world,» Letona concluded.