The Center for Immigrant Representation opened its doors in Jersey City, New Jersey in November 2018 with a mission to serve immigrants who are often unable to access free legal services, and also cannot afford private lawyers. The Center provides low cost consults and legal representation on a wide range of immigration matters, as well as community education.
The Center was established by Immigrant Justice Corps, the country’s first fellowship program wholly dedicated to expanding access to counsel in immigration.
Tamara’s commitment to human rights and immigration rights advocacy stems from her experience as an immigrant from Iraq. She has worked at the United Nations in multiple capacities and has a variety of direct legal representation experience throughout her work with KIND, IRAP, and the Rutgers Immigrants Rights Clinic. Tamara has also made it a priority to focus on the broader public policy implications of immigration law and traveled to Jordan to study and subsequently publish a policy report on the legal ramifications of the Syrian Refugee crisis and its legal and social impact on host countries.
Natalie Limón is a legal assistant at the Center. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Studies from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Natalie began her career in immigration legal services while still a student at Vassar, as a fellow at the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. She further developed her immigration experience by spending nearly two years in a small, community-focused, private law office, where she worked closely with Spanish-speaking clients on the preparation of asylum declarations. Natalie is passionate about public service and is particularly dedicated to serving immigrant communities, as she is a descendant of Mexican and Italian immigrants. She is fluent in Spanish.