Centro Legal’s strong legal rights and direct representation immigration program places us in a unique position to advocate for systemic change to the broken immigration system and to promote the rights of individuals on a local, regional, and national scale. In addition to providing legal assistance to low-income immigrants, Centro Legal’s immigration team works with local and national partner groups to advocate and litigate for reform for individuals in immigration detention.
To promote systemic change on a broader scale, Centro Legal engages in and supports a wide array of immigrants’ rights advocacy efforts. We have participated in litigation on immigration detention conditions, provided data and legal support for a City of Oakland lawsuit against a “notario” business that defrauded immigrants, and are currently engaged in advocacy to increase access to counsel for immigrant detainees. Centro Legal attorneys also participate in quarterly meetings to improve conditions at the various immigration detention centers throughout California.
In recent years, Centro Legal has been at the forefront of efforts to curtail unlawful collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration authorities in order to prevent unjust deportations and keep immigrant families together.