El Centro Hispanoamericano, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Department of Justice (DOJ)  recognized organization, located in Plainfield, New Jersey. Created in 1984, El Centro has been counseling and representing low-income immigrants for more than three decades, including the undocumented, crime and human trafficking victims, domestic violence survivors, and unaccompanied minors. El Centro represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

El Centro is committed to advocating for those at risk of being torn apart by the immigration system. By assisting our community members with immigration status and secure access to key resources which they are legally entitled, we can help them secure access to employment, health care, housing, and education, all while keeping families together. We represent people without regard to country of origin, but we primarily serve the Spanish-speaking community. Our staff members are fluent in Spanish.

In addition to legal assistance, El Centro offers English as a Second Language, Citizenship, and Literacy for Spanish Speakers courses as part of its effort to help immigrants continue as productive members of their community. We also run an emergency food pantry and provide advocacy for those seeking services from public and private agencies.

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Our Mission

To promote the rights and help meet the needs of immigrants and refugees through affordable legal services, advocacy, social service referral, community education and organizing, and cultural programs.

We are committed to the dignity, respect, and justice for those we serve.


The team at El Centro Hispanoamericano remains committed to our mission and to serve the community while maintaining the health and safety of our staff, the individuals we serve, and the community at large. To this end, and until further notice, staff and community members are required to wear masks while in our premises.

During these difficult times, we urge you to take care of yourselves and those around you, trust the facts, and contact us if we can help you in any way. You can reach us by calling 908-753-8730 or emailing us at elcentronj@gmail.com