Join Alameda County’s TRUTH Act forum, to call on the Sheriff and the Board of Supervisors to end all collusion with ICE with a formal policy. With low ICE transfer numbers in the past few years, the County has already demonstrated that it’s possible not to collude with ICE. Alameda County families and communities should be reunited with their loved ones, not doubly punished and subjected to ICE’s abusive detention and deportation practices!

For the full event toolkit, including information on how to make a comment at the event click here.

Know Your Rights:
Empowerment Inside Detention

Do you have a loved one or a client detained inside Golden State Annex or Mesa Verde Detention Facility? Send them this Know Your Rights Guide to learn more about labor rights and the ongoing labor strikes.

Legal advocates & detained leaders came together to create a Know Your Rights handbook which includes an overview of labor history in the United States, examples on how people can assert their rights inside detention, and more! Spanish and English versions available here.

Centro Legal Operates Multiple Immigration Clinics

No appointment necessary. For information, call 510-437-1554, or email Due to COVID-19, our drop-in clinics are remote. 

(Temporarily on hold due to COVID) Call 510-437-1554 to schedule a remote consultation. Please leave a voice message.

General Immigration Drop-In Clinic
Third Thursdays of every month
9:00am – 11:00am
3400 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94601

Legal Services

Centro Legal’s immigration practice is focused on serving the needs of our most vulnerable community members, including families living in poverty, long residing undocumented immigrants and families, youth, victims of violent crimes, asylum seekers, and detained individuals in removal proceedings.

Our removal defense practice specializes in cases that are urgent and often involve novel legal issues. Centro Legal’s immigration team has expertise in complex detained cases, including individuals deemed mentally incompetent by the court and appointed counsel.

Centro Legal also runs a robust pro bono immigration program. We train and provide technical and substantive assistance for pro bono attorneys representing clients seeking U visa relief, asylum before the immigration courts and asylum office, and bond for release from immigration detention. Pro bono attorneys also participate in our clinics and workshops under Centro Legal’s supervision and mentorship.


  • Clients in detained and non-detained removal defense

  • Asylum applications

  • Family-based visa petitions

  • U visas for victims of violent crimes

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

  • Adjustment of status

  • Naturalization

Policy Advocacy

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.

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