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.
Ariela Herzog is the supervising attorney at The Center. She was born in Venezuela and raised in Israel prior to coming to the U.S. at the age of seven. Before joining The Center, she represented foster children in their immigration cases as staff attorney at the Rutgers Law School Child Advocacy Clinic. At Rutgers, she also worked to increase representation of immigration children in New Jersey by recruiting, training and mentoring pro bono attorneys. Ariela has previous experience running her own private practice representing clients in family and immigration matters. For the first seven years of her legal career, Ariela served as Deputy Attorney General in New Jersey. In this capacity, Ariela litigated complex child abuse and neglect cases on behalf of the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and speaks fluent Spanish.
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.
Naya Garrido is the Center’s Office Manager and Outreach Coordinator. As a recent graduate of Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, Naya brings an extensive background in public policy, international relations, and political science. She has served as an advocate and organizer for movements regarding affordable housing, immigrant rights, climate change, women’s rights, criminal justice reform, and closing the achievement gap in our public school districts. She credits much of her passion to public service to her trials and tribulations of overcoming the statistics and barriers set forth for teen parents. Naya is currently a graduate student at the State University of New York - Empire State College, where she’s pursuing her masters degree in Community and Economic Development with an advanced certificate in Social Entrepreneurship. Naya has aspirations of one day running for public office and creating opportunities for people of color. She speaks fluent Spanish.