Resources & Training

Legal Service Provider Detail

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
1460 Columbia Rd, N.W.
Washington DC 20009
Contact: Estefania Chavez Higgins , Legal Program Director
Phone: 202-328-9799
Fax: 202-328-7894
Web address:


Need nonlitigator volunteers?
Malpractice insurance for volunteers:
Intake hours:
New Immigration Intakes (10 per day): Mon., Wed. Fri. 9:00AM  12:00 p.m Work Permit Renewals, Change of Address and Permanent Reesidence Card Removals: Monday - Friday: 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Non-english services?
Opportunities for attorneys not admitted in D.C.:
Yes. Membership in any state bar is acceptable for immigration practices, but an attorney with a non-D.C. Bar license may still be subject to D.C. rules on unauthorized practice of law.
Need paralegal/law students:
Clients are from Central America; some services available for clients from Latin American countries
Training offered:
We are looking for experienced immigration attorneys to provide "quality control" during our citizenship workshops.
Types of services:
CARECEN’s immigration legal services program assists clients to apply for a variety of immigration benefits, including legal permanent residence, citizenship, asylum, temporary protected status, and deferred action for childhood arrivals. It also provides defense of removal in certain cases.
Volunteer needs:
Volunteer attorneys are needed to assist with CARECEN's periodic citizenship workshops.
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