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

Centro Legal Provides DACA Renewal Assistance!

July 31, 2014
For all DACA recipients…remember to renew your DACA if you are eligible to do so! You can start applying 150 days before your DACA expires.  The expiration date is on your approval notice and on the bottom of your work permit.  For more information or help with a DACA renewal, please visit Centro Legal and check out the USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-process/renew-your-daca. To make an appointment at Centro Legal,... Continue Reading

Opening Our Hearts to Children in Need

July 16, 2014
By Bianca Sierra Wolff, Executive Director of Centro Legal Much has been written about the “unaccompanied minor crisis” at the border.   While conservatives have been desperately trying to paint the problem as an immigration problem caused by Obama’s lax immigration policies, the truth is that the crisis is much more complicated.  At its root, this is a humanitarian and refugee crisis.  A crisis exacerbated by the fact that it involves children, some as young as 5 or 6 years old. Over... Continue Reading

Centro Legal Celebrates the LGBTQ Community!

June 26, 2014
In honor of Gay Pride month, Centro Legal would like to celebrate the courage of the LGBT immigrants we serve.  In the last six months, Centro Legal has represented a number of detained and non-detained LGBT individuals in seeking protection based on harm they have suffered in their home countries due to their sexual orientation or gender presentation.  Often it is government authorities in their home countries who inflict or overlook violence towards LGBT individuals, which leads many... Continue Reading