El Centro Hispanoamericano, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recognized organization, located in Plainfield, New Jersey. Created in 1984, El Centro has a history of more than three decades of counseling and representation of low-income immigrants, including the undocumented. El Centro represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in Immigration Court, and in appeals covering matters such as political asylum, cancellation of removal, temporary protected status, naturalization, and self-petitioning aliens under the Violence against Women Act of 1994.

El Centro represents people without regard to country of origin, but we primarily serve the Spanish-speaking community in the central New Jersey region. All of our staff members are fluent in Spanish.

In addition to legal assistance, El Centro offers ESL, Citizenship, and Literacy courses as part of its effort to help immigrants become productive members of their community. We also run a small emergency food pantry for those in need and provide personal “advocates” 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 in New Jersey 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.

An Update on El Centro

Please join us on July 17, 2021,  at 10:00 am by Zoom for an inspiring update on our work and the challenges we face.  https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/j/4318573125


The team at El Centro Hispanoamericano remains committed to our mission and to serve the community while following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as local and state officials.

Our priority is maintaining the health and safety of our staff, the individuals we serve, and the community at large. To this end, and until further notice, the following measures will be implemented:

  • Initial consultations will be conducted over the phone or Skype only
  • Case management will be modified to facilitate social distancing
  • Food distribution will be modified
  • Clothing distribution is cancelled
  • A remote work model is being implemented for staff

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