We offer legal assistance, citizenship classes, and education for immigrants. El Centro is a trusted basic needs resource in the Spanish-speaking community.                                                                                                                 


Department of Justice (DOJ)-accredited case managers provide civil legal assistance that is recognized by the Department of Justice.

  • Beware of immigration scams and notarios! Only seek help from qualified, DOJ-accredited immigration legal services providers such as Catholic Charities. In Mercer and Burlington counties, contact El Centro, 609-394-2056. In Monmouth and Ocean counties, contact our Immigration Support Services at 732-363-5322.
  • Apply for citizenship! If you are a lawful permanent resident and currently eligible for naturalization, you are encouraged to apply. If you have pending relative petitions, check with a legal advisor first.
  • Get screened! You may be eligible for relief from deportation. Call your local CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network) affiliate to learn more about screening. Catholic Charities immigration services counselors can also help provide information.
  • Do not open the door to U.S. immigration agents or police unless they have a legal document with your name on it. Ask them to slip it under the door before you allow them into your home. Tell your children not to open the door.
  • Remain silent. You do not have to answer their questions.
  • Do not sign anything and ask to speak with an attorney or legal representative.
  • Find more detailed explanations of your rights through publications provided by CLINIC.

Catholic Charities can help you complete immigration petitions and translate documents. We also provide immigration information and referral.

Burlington and Mercer counties: 327 South Broad Street, Trenton NJ, 08608 – 609-394-2056
Monmouth and Ocean counties: 725 Mantoloking Road, Brick, NJ 08723 – 732-363-5322 x3236

We offer evening citizenship classes to prepare you for naturalization.

Mercer County: 327 South Broad Street, Trenton NJ, 08608 – 609-394-2056

In collaboration with St. Francis Community Center, we offer classes to help non-English-speaking immigrants with English language skills.

Mercer County: 327 South Broad Street, Trenton NJ, 08608 – 609-394-2056

El Centro

The El Centro is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. Founded in 1999, El Centro has been a trusted resource in the Spanish-speaking community for those seeking help with basic needs including: including Advocacy and referrals, Counseling Services, Case Management, Health Navigators, Eye screening, Anger Management classes, ESL, GED, Citizenship classes, rental and utility assistance, and clothing and food. We also provide Immigration services that are accredited by the DOJ. We also provide a two-week summer camp for inner city children.

El Centro works very closely with its faith-based community and government partners to open doors to this highly vulnerable community. El Centro provides platforms for the Spanish-speaking community to address concerns that may be disrupting their quality of life. All of El Centro’s services are provided by bi-lingual/bi-cultural native speakers in various dialects to accommodate the diverse Spanish Community we serve.

El Centro’ annual events draw thousands from throughout Mercer County. Events include:

  • An annual Health Fair
  • A Three Kings celebration
  • A Procession of the Cross through Trenton on Good Friday

For more information on El Centro and the services it provides, call 609-394-2056.

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