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

Thanks To You, We Can Transform Lives

November 25, 2015
As the season of giving is fast approaching, Centro Legal wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving. We are very thankful to you–our dedicated supporters, volunteers, and staff who have sustained our work for 46 years. This year alone, you helped us transform thousands of lives: 2,000 unaccompanied children and migrant families received consultations and 500 received life-saving legal representation. 900 low-wage workers were educated about their rights and 80 recovered over $1 million in owed... Continue Reading

Centro Legal Responds to Fifth Circuit Decision

November 18, 2015
Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Texas federal district court order blocking implementation of the executive actions that President Obama announced last November. Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would provide immigration relief to an estimated 5 million people who call the United States of America their home. However, implementation remains blocked because of the... Continue Reading

Centro Legal Launches a Database of Resources for Unaccompanied Children and Refugee Families in the East Bay

October 27, 2015
Centro Legal is very excited to announce the first database of Resources for Unaccompanied Children and Refugee Families in the East Bay. The development of this website was made possible through a partnership with Code the Change, a community of computer science students at Stanford who are committed to using their skills for social change. We have already begun to see the incredible impact of this technology on our clients and the whole community. Click here to access the... Continue Reading