National Immigration Legal Services Directory

Centro Legal de La Raza

  • Location:
    3400 E. 12th Street
    Oakland, CA 94601
  • Phone:
    (510) 437-1554
  • Fax:
    (510) 437-9164
  • Contact methods:
    Email, Fax, Phone calls
  • Appointments accepted:

Centro Legal de la Raza, founded in 1969, provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education, and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area, including monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants. Founded by Latino law students from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and located in the Fruitvale / San Antonio District of Oakland, Centro Legal has been a cornerstone for justice for the Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities of the Bay Area for over 50 years. Centro Legal's Immigration Project represents immigrants in detained and non-detained removal proceedings before the San Francisco Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals, at the San Francisco Asylum Office, and in applications before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Centro is currently offering remote services during the shelter-in-place.

Counties served: Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma
Detention Facilities Served: Contra Costa County Jail (CA), Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (CA), Sacramento County Jail (CA), San Francisco Detention Facility (CA), Yuba County Detention Center (CA)

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, Habeas Corpus, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Other areas of legal assistance: Employment, Housing
Non-legal services: Administrative advocacy (CIS/ICE/CBP), Department of Justice (DOJ)/Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)-funded services for trafficking victims, Housing referrals, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR), Referrals to other services
Populations served: Detained individuals, Domestic Violence Victims, Farm workers, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: Yes
Nominal fee charged? No


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