Legal Services

LEGAL ACCESS SERVICES

Since 2000, Centro Latino’s Legal Access Program has helped thousands of Latino immigrants by providing the following services:

For more information, to schedule a consultation, information session or presentation call:
(573) 449-9442 or
email latino.centro@gmail.com.

Centro Latino has available the services of John Murray, pro-bono attorney at law.

Immigration & Naturalization Services
Serving all immigrants regardless of national origin, religion, or immigration status. What makes our immigration services unique is that we identify individuals and families that are eligible for immigration relief, to adjust status or become citizens, and assist them in obtaining the immigration benefits they need.
Our Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) program gives each client compassionate and special individualized attention in meeting their immigration needs and concerns to ensure the success of their case.
Services are offered at a low affordable cost to clients and no service will be denied based on a client’s inability to pay.

Services include:
– Family Visa Petitions
– Employment Authorizations
– Adjustment of Status
– U.S. Naturalization/Citizenship
– Family Unity
– Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
– Fiance(e) Visa Petitions
– VAWA, T & U Visas
– Consular Processing
– Asylum applications
– Affidavits of Support
– Counsel clients about their cases and immigration matters
– Represent clients before USCIS
– Accompany clients to USCIS interviews
– Assist clients in applying for USCIS benefits
– Immigration & Passport Photos
– Legal Document Translation
– Vital Records Translation
– Fingerprinting
– Notary Services
We also offer the following special services to the public:
– Outreach to communities and organizations
– Immigration information sessions
– Presentations

When a client has a case that requires attention beyond our capacity, they are referred to an immigration attorney specialized specifically for that type of case.

Local Legal counseling referrals:
Centro Latino refers to the local bilingual attorney and other counselors.

Through the Legal Access Program, the Centro Latino serves as a liaison between the various law enforcement agencies and Latino immigrants to bridge the gap of communication and understanding so they are able to better acclimate to their new life and successfully participate in the communities where they live.
In 2005, the Centro Latino became a community service site for the Boone County Juvenile, Municipal and Judicial courts and the Probation and Parole Department as a location where sentenced individuals have the opportunity to complete their community service hours.

Legal Assistance Resources: Courts in Columbia/Boone County
Columbia Municipal Court
600 E. Broadway
Columbia, Missouri 65203
(573) 874-7230

Boone County Circuit Court
705 E. Walnut
Columbia, Missouri 65203
(573)886-4060

Juvenile Justice Administration:
Boone County Juvenile Office
115 N. 8th Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201
(573)886-4200

Community Service Work:
Boone County Community Service Work Office
Pete Bakutas (Coordinator)
(573)886-4180

Immigration Service:

Helene Fehlig Tatum Attorney at Law Law Offices of Fehlig & Fehlig Tatum L.L.C.
920 E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
tatumh@me.com

Bilingual General Practice Attorneys in Columbia:
Batek & Benson, L.L.C.
George Batek
222 N. 8th Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201
(573)443-2300