Community Resources

Catholic Charities

  • They provide low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants, U.S. citizens, and U.S. legal permanent residents in gaining or maintaining immigration status for themselves or for family members in order to preserve or restore family unity. 
  • They also provide free immigration legal assistance to immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in determining/gaining immigration benefits (e.g., legal permanent resident status or work permits).  

Immigrants Rising

  • We empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos

  • El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos is a grassroots, Latino immigrant led organization based in Central New Mexico that works with Latino immigrant communities and allies to defend, strengthen, and advance the rights of our community.

Haven House

  • Services and shelter for domestic violence
  • Mission Statement: Help domestic violence victims gain immediate safety plus knowledge, skills, and resources to succeed in lives free of violence.

  • If you need emergency shelter any time during the day or night, call us at 1-800-526-7157

New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice

  • The New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice was founded in 2009, and has committees that focus on direct service, education & advocacy, and outreach. We welcome all who seek immigrant justice. We share a common hope of creating an environment that welcomes the stranger in our age and for generations to come.

New Mexico Dream Team

  • The New Mexico Dream Team is a statewide network committed to create power for multigenerational, undocumented, and mixed status families towards liberation. T hrough trainings and leadership development, we work to engage our community and allies, in becoming leaders using an intersectional, gender, and racial justice lens—to develop and implement an organizing and advocacy infrastructure for policy change fighting to dismantle systemic oppression.

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

  • The mission of NMILC is to make access to justice affordable for New Mexico’s immigrants and aspiring citizens and to promote knowledge of legal rights and the immigration process. NMILC believes that all people, regardless of their financial status, should have equal access to legal information and due process.

Santa Fe Dreamers Project

  • The Santa Fe Dreamers project is non-profit organization that provides free legal representation to immigrant youth and their family.
  • Provides a weekly walk in legal clinic to clients seeking assistance with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Albuquerque and surrounding communities, hosted at Casa de Salud in the South Valley.

Somos un Pueblo Unido

  • Somos, founded in 1995, is a statewide community-based and immigrant-led organization that promotes worker and racial justice.
  • With an active membership of 2,500 people in ten counties, Somos offers community education about rights and remedies, forges leadership opportunities for immigrants and low-wage workers, provides legal services to wage theft victims, engages Latinos in the political and electoral process, leads and supports grassroots campaigns for local and national policies that strengthen our communities.

How to Buy a House in the U.S. as an Immigrant

  • If you're looking to purchase your first home in the United States, you may have many questions. Whether it regards your residency status or your employment history, it's important to understand what is expected of you as a potential homebuyer in the U.S. and what restrictions and responsibilities lie ahead.

Credit Building Strategies for Immigrants

  • Moving to a new country brings new opportunities but also new challenges. Whether your change is temporary or permanent, understanding and incorporating credit into your financial life can be crucial to integrating into the U.S.

El Centro's Commitment

We work diligently to offer a welcoming and safe space with personalized support and advocacy to undocumented students and their families. El Centro is committed to building a sense of community, a supportive environment and, advocating for students to be successful in higher education, regardless of their background or immigration status.

Did you know?

In the State of New Mexico we have a law commonly referred to as SB 582 which has been around since 2005. This law establishes two things:

1. Universities are prohibited from discriminating against students based on their immigration status; and

2. Provides in-state tuition and state funds such as the Legislative Lottery Scholarship if you:

  • Attended a year of secondary education in New Mexico and
  • Graduated or obtained a GED (or equivalent) in New Mexico