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Central American Resource Center (Los Angeles Office)

  • Location:
    2845 W. 7th St
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
  • Phone:
    (213) 385-7800
  • Fax:
    (213) 385-1094
  • Contact methods:
    Drop-in, Website
  • Appointments accepted:

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) empowers Central Americans by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity. The CARECEN Legal Department offers a wide range of immigration legal services. Most services are provided after legal consultation. Information about our legal consultation and service hours may be found at our legal services web page.

Counties served: Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura

Services Provided

Areas of immigration legal assistance: Adjustment of Status, Asylum applications, Consular Processing, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Employment authorization, Family-based petitions, NACARA, Naturalization/Citizenship, Removal hearings, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, T visas, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
Types of immigration legal services provided: Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS, Representation at Asylum Interviews (Credible Fear Interviews, Reasonable Fear Interviews), Representation before the Immigration Court, Representation before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Federal court appeals
Non-legal services: ESL, Language services, Legal Orientation Programs (LOP) / Know Your Rights Presentations (KYR)
Populations served: Domestic Violence Victims, Human Trafficking Survivors, Individuals who are not in legal immigration status, Individuals with criminal histories, Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Juveniles, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Torture survivors
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank: No
Nominal fee charged? Yes
Other information: CARECEN provides free advice to victims of notario/immigration consultant fraud. Information about this pervasive problem may be found in Spanish on our website. CARECEN will only provide legal consultation in person (no phone or email legal consultation). CARECEN will arrange interpreting services only for Maya/indigenous language speakers. This office also provides: Citizenship Instruction, Parent, Youth and Day Laborer organizing, leadership training and resources, College Application assistance, After-school and summer educational programs