Elected officials and community leaders gathered Friday to honor an organization in Brooklyn that's been helping immigrant workers for more than a decade.
The Bay Parkway Community Job Center celebrated its 12th anniversary Friday.
The center connects its workers with small businesses and homeowners, and also protects them from unfair wages.
The celebration served as a recognition of accomplishments as well as a reminder that there's still much work to be done.
"This is the time under the new administration to make sure that we're addressing the needs of a immigrant workforce," said Ligia Guallpa, executive director of the Workers Justice Project.
"It gives laborers themselves a secure place," said supporter Jason Delaguila. "They know that they can come here and expect decent wages. They know that they can come here and understand their rights."
"Several of these workers over the years have gone on to start their own businesses, and they've come back to hire some of the workers that are here now," said City Councilman Vincent Gentile of Brooklyn.
Since opening, the center said it has helped more than 7,000 workers.