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 45 years.

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Latest News

January 15th is Officially Bianca Sierra Wolff Day in Oakland! Celebrating Centro Legal’s Outgoing Executive Director

January 15, 2016
Last night, Centro Legal’s staff, board, and family members gathered to celebrate Bianca Sierra Wolff’s tenure as the organization’s Executive Director. Today, Bianca steps down from the role she started in April 2009. Centro Legal has grown exponentially under Bianca’s leadership. Indeed, Centro Legal’s staff has more than doubled in just the last year alone. Last night’s program kicked off with anecdotes and words about Bianca from Centro Legal Board Member Stephen... Continue Reading

Centro Legal de la Raza Condemns Raids; Confirms Commitment to Refugee Families

January 9, 2016
Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) strongly condemns the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s cruel and draconian round-up of mothers and child refugees from their homes. The misguided plan, which was leaked to media outlets on Christmas Eve, struck panic throughout immigrant communities fearful of being separated from their loved ones. In yet another concession to extreme voices, the Obama administration rang in the New Year by announcing, early Monday morning, that 121 people... Continue Reading

Centro Legal has joined the Oakland Running Festival as a Charity Partner

December 21, 2015
You are invited to join us in the Oakland Running Festival on March 20, 2016. Every runner who participates with Centro Legal helps raise funds for Centro Legal and promotes our mission to ensure access to justice for all. HOW TO REGISTER: To sign up to run with Centro Legal, please click where indicated on the Oakland Running Festival’s Run for a Cause page.  After submitting payment through Centro Legal’s website, you will receive an email from Monika from our Immigration Team... Continue Reading