CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA INC

Fighting for justice since 1969!

Oakland, CA   |  www.centrolegal.org

Mission

Founded in 1969, Centro Legal de la Raza is a legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of low-income, immigrant, Black, and Latinx communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy. By combining quality legal services with know-your-rights education and youth development, Centro Legal de la Raza ensures access to justice for thousands of individuals throughout Northern and Central California.

Ruling year info

1972

Interim Co-Executive Director and Tenants' Rights Directing Attorney

Monique Berlanga

Interim Co-Executive Director and Youth Law Academy Program Director

Raymundo Jacquez

Main address

3400 E.12th Street

Oakland, CA 94601 USA

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EIN

23-7181456

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Immigrants' Rights (R21)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tenants' Rights Program

In the face of California’s housing crisis, Centro’s Tenants’ Rights Program leads the fight to strengthen the legal protections for tenants and increase funding for legal services throughout Alameda County. We represent tenants facing eviction, unaffordable rent increases, unsafe housing, harassment, and housing discrimination. The program recently increased its capacity by over 400% after securing a large grant from Oakland, Hayward and the City of Alameda to provide anti-displacement legal services over the next two years.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants
Ethnic and racial groups

As California’s largest provider of legal services for immigrants facing deportation, Centro Legal’s Immigration Program assists thousands of immigrants annually. Our removal defense practice specializes in cases that are urgent and often involve novel legal issues. We represent unaccompanied minors and families fleeing violence and immigrants with long term community ties, including those in immigration detention. Through our law firm pro bono partnerships we increase access to counsel for hundreds of additional immigrants each year. Our program leads local and national efforts to advocate and litigate for systemic change to unjust immigration laws and policies.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Non-adult children
LGBTQ people

Centro’s Workers’ Rights Program is recognized statewide as a leader in protecting the rights of low-wage workers. In 2017 alone, Centro secured over $1 million in settlements and judgements for workers facing issues such as sexual harassment, discrimination, wage theft, and retaliation. The program is a lead member of various collaboratives advancing workplace legislation and worker protections at local and state levels.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Centro’s Youth Law Academy increases access to college and the legal profession for low-income and first-generation Oakland students of color. The YLA provides leadership development, education, and support for youth pursuing educational and professional opportunities in the field of law. Over a three year period our students engage in a rigorous curriculum, receive extensive college preparation and career counseling. YLA’s Diversity Legal Pipeline was created in 2015 to help YLA alumni and other college students demystify the law school application process over an intensive week of workshops introducing them to all aspects of the law school application process while also introducing them to attorneys from different practice areas.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit of the Year - Assemblymember Rob Bonta (18th district 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Financials

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CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA INC

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sergio Garcia

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary (ret.) ZELTIQ, Inc.

Albert Moreno

(Ret.) Vice President and General Counsel of Levi Strauss & Co.

Rosanna Neagle

Of Counsel, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass

Walter Rodriguez

YouTube

Beatriz Mejia

Cooley LLP

Daniel Purcell

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Maria Blanco

Undocumented Legal Services Center, UC Davis

Sergio Garcia

ZELTIQ

Erica Villanueva

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Stephanie Tang

Stitch Fix

Christina Kothari

Facebook

Chip Conradi

(Ret.) Clorox Co.

Dorothy Fernandez

Morrison & Foerster

Raul Escatel

Escatel Tax Law

Claudia Perkins

Clif Bar & Company

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability