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CASA Cofounder Nadine Goodman Speaks at Rotary


By Skip Essick

You may have heard of CASA, but you may not know all the things this organization does. The “Who Are We” tab at the CASA website says this: “The Center for Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende, better known as CASA, is a nonprofit organization committed to assisting the most vulnerable populations through interventions that promote gender equality, human rights, and access to accurate information.”

CASA was cofounded by Nadine Goodman in 1981, and in the past 37 years, literally hundreds of thousands of people have been helped and transformed through CASA’s programs, and Mexico’s health policies have been changed to better serve women and children.

Who is this amazing woman who has made this possible? Nadine Goodman has led community development and human rights initiatives for forty years. She specializes in sexual and reproductive health rights. In 1981, Goodman started working with teens at a local high school. Together with local Mexican residents, she helped found Centro para los Adolescents de San Miguel de Allende (CASA), to provide culturally appropriate health and education services. By “teaching others to teach,” CASA trains young, at-risk people to work with their communities and implement pioneering approaches to break down barriers to access.

CASA serves tens of thousands each year. Family planning and sex education, medical services, birthing, daycare, and library services, plus counseling services for youth are provided to the public at no cost or on a sliding scale. Additionally, CASA intervenes by counseling youth vulnerable to the influences of a most dangerous element—gangs.

In 1996, CASA launched Mexico’s first government-accredited midwifery school. Today, graduates are being recruited by Mexico’s public-health ministry. CASA has helped set up new schools throughout Mexico and Guatemala. In her work with CASA and as a consultant, Goodman strongly promotes public-private partnerships. On May 8, the public has a unique opportunity to hear about this organization. Come to this Rotary Midday presentation to learn more about CASA. Hotel Misión is easily accessible by bus, taxi, or has free parking available.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Fred Collins at and see


Rotary Presentation

“Justice for Women and Children”

By Nadine Goodman

Tue, May 8, 12:30pm

Hotel Misión

Salida a Querétaro 1





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