Tangible hope for those who are navigating this country's complex and often hostile immigration system.
Esperanza exists to increase access to justice for the immigrant community by offering quality legal representation through a "low-bono" business model. We provide representation in a wide range of immigration law matters, including representation of children and adults in removal proceedings, administrative and federal appeals, matters related to detention and bond proceedings, and other complex legal issues. As a team of bilingual lawyers, we are committed to zealously advocating on behalf of our clients, both through our legal representation in individual cases and by contributing to social justice efforts on behalf of the immigrant community more broadly. Esperanza, the Spanish word for hope, is at the center of our mission - we aim to offer tangible, meaningful hope for those who are navigating this country's complex and often hostile immigration system.
167 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
19 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513
T (203) 290-4500
F (203) 290-4503
Our Practice Areas
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Adjustment of Status
Detention and Bond
Challenging Removal Orders
Waivers of Inadmissibility
Who We Are
Yazmin Rodriguez, ESQ.
Yazmin Rodriguez is the owner of Esperanza Center for Law and Advocacy, a low-bono immigration firm in the state of Connecticut that focuses primarily on representing individuals in removal proceedings. Yazmin was born in Bogotá, Colombia and came to the United States at the young age of 13. After graduating from high school, she attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she majored in Government.
Yazmin developed a passion to represent vulnerable populations, primarily immigrants and low-income individuals with mental illness, while working as a paralegal for different immigration non-profits in the state of New York and later on, while working for the Connecticut Legal Rights Project (CLRP), a firm that represents people with mental illness in the state of CT. While at CLRP, Yazmin attended Quinnipiac University School of Law where she obtained a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2012.
In 2014, her firm was at the forefront of addressing a humanitarian crisis when it assumed representation of many of the women and children that were fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. Esperanza continues to follow a low-bono model of representation that is unique in the state of Connecticut and has helped countless of immigrants obtain access to quality legal representation, clients who might otherwise face deportation without an attorney. Through her work with these children and their families, Yazmin started developing her activism by working with groups like Unidad Latina en Acción and the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA). Yazmin believes in the power of activism to change case outcomes, in supporting policy and advocacy initiatives that look into changing the broken immigration system, and in organizing as a strategy to win cases outside of the courtroom.
Tina Colón Williams, ESQ.
Tina Colón Williams, Esq. is an Associate with Esperanza Law. She joined the organization in March of 2018.
Tina double-majored in Political Science and Ethnicity Race & Migration at Yale University. After spending some time as a legal intern with Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, she received a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. As a law student, she interned with several public interest organizations, including Apostle Immigrant Services and Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. She began her legal practice at Wiggin and Dana, LLP as an Associate in the Immigration & Nationality Law and Compliance Group, and she recently completed a term as a Law Clerk with the United States District Courts for the District of Connecticut.
In her free time, she is actively involved in the New Haven community as one of the pastors at the Elm City Vineyard Church. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. She is passionate about access to justice and wholeness for marginalized communities, and she is grateful to be joining Esperanza’s mission and work.