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 732-901-3261.
  • 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: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ, 08701 – 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
Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood, NJ, 08701 – 732-363-5322

In partnership with other county and community agencies, we offer immigrants in Ocean County educational services, including parenting and GED classes.

Ocean County: 200 Monmouth Avenue, Lakewood NJ, 08701 – 732-363-5322

Human Trafficking

We received a 3-year grant in 2018 from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide specialized services statewide to victims of human trafficking. Our human trafficking program offers short- and long-term services, including comprehensive trauma-informed case management and advocacy services in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. We help victims find safe shelter and access to medical care, counseling, language skills, education, job training, and career coaching.

Are you a victim who needs help? Or someone who wants to set up training for a community-service agency? Contact Maria Nikolatos, our human trafficking program coordinator: 732-363-5322, ext. 3239; humantrafficking@cctrenton.org; or 200 Monmouth Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701.


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