Who we are?
About the Firm
Esperanza Center for Law & Advocacy has arisen from the ideals of the access-to-justice movement and seeks to address the needs of low-income immigrants, a highly-underrepresented population in Connecticut. The firm’s name is tied to the Spanish word Esperanza because its multiple meanings reflect various facets of our legal practice. Esperanza means hope, in the sense that as attorneys, we strive to help our clients achieve their goals for improving their immigration status. Esperanza also means trust, which we have found is a critical element in establishing a successful lawyer-client collaboration. Esperanza provides representation for a wide-range of immigration law matters. The firm regularly extends advocacy and legal representation for clients into areas of family and juvenile matters, so that our clients can benefit from multi-dimensional representation.
The firm is based on a “low-bono” business model, which seeks to “fill the gap” in the provision of legal services to low-income individuals and families. To this end, we work with clients to develop alternative payment strategies, so that our clients can afford our representation. Our belief in the power of community has prompted us to foster partnerships with community organizations in Bridgeport and New Haven. We regularly accept pro-bono and low-bono referrals from the Unidad Latina en Acción, Make the Road CT, The Center for Family Justice, International Institute of CT, among others.