For more than three decades, CARECEN has been pivotal in providing immigrant integration programs, delivering immigration legal services, fostering civic participation and community engagement on immigration policy, education reform and workers’ rights.
CARECEN’s core programs are:
- Comprehensive Legal Services – Our legal department provides direct service to nearly 25,000 individuals annually, including: citizenship and permanent residency application assistance, legal representation for asylum applicants, unaccompanied minors and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), U-Visas applicants and their beneficiaries, family petitions, work permit renewals and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA.)
- Parent & Youth Center - Our center focuses on developing parent and youth leaders to improve their lives and their community. We work to improve access to quality education, increase parent participation in their child’s education and promote civic participation. We offer supplemental academic enrichment programs including: a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) curriculum summer program, College Head Start (assisting with college admissions and financial aid assistance), ESL Instruction, computer literacy, and adult distance learning services.
- Economic Development Services – CARECEN focuses on workforce development and community health for approximately 120 individuals daily. The central piece of these services is at our Day Labor Center which assists by matching immigrant workers with people in need of labor assistance with fairly paid jobs. In addition, day laborers engage in leadership development through workers’ rights advocacy activities and educational workshops on topics including: immigration, health, housing, ESL and conflict resolution. CARECEN day laborers actively participate on campaigns including wage theft ordinances.