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 40 years.


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Latest News

Oakland School Board Candidate Youth Forum on October 21st!

October 17, 2014
Attention Oakland students and parents! Atención estudiantes y padres de Oakland¡ Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy invites you to participate in a school board candidate youth forum. Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Coliseum College Prep Academy Auditorium 1390 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621 Candidates from districts 2, 4, and 6 will be in attendance.  The forum will give you an opportunity to ask the people who are running for school board about the issues most... Continue Reading

Keker & Van Nest Grants $60K to Protect Unaccompanied Minors from Deportation

October 1, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO, September 30, 2014 – Keker & Van Nest LLP has granted $60K to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area working to assist unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States. Over the past year, more than 60,000 minor children have fled Central America in the face of unimaginable violence, seeking refuge in this country. Often these children have traveled to the United States, and crossed numerous international borders, on their own, without any parent or adult... Continue Reading

Lalo and Martin Need Your Support

September 11, 2014
Meet Centro Legal’s clients Lalo, age 13, and Martin, age 12.  These young indigenous Mam brothers fled Guatemala to escape years of violence and death threats.  The boys endured horrific beatings that left marks on their bodies and ongoing psychological scars.  Centro Legal is now helping Lalo and Martin apply for asylum. You can help children like Lalo and Martin find the safety they deserve.  Please donate to Centro Legal today!  We are acting now to respond to the needs of... Continue Reading