The Law Offices of East Los Angeles opened in September of 2010 to offer the community low-cost legal services, know your rights trainings, and provide a space for community education and empowerment. Further, we seek to gain justice for our communities by challenging unjust laws and protecting rights for migrants, workers, victims, and families. This would include challenging ICE and law enforcement violations of constitutionally protected rights, violations of worker protections, laws that separate families, and human rights issues such as the right to be free of discrimination (gender, lgbt, age, race, ability, etc.), the right to an education, housing, and food, and the right to struggle against and fight for these and other rights.
The Law Office of Mercedes V. Castillo is located in East Los Angeles and provides affordable legal representation to the community.
Law Offices of East Los Angeles
We also provide "Know Your Rights" trainings and group immigration Q & A workshops for community organizations and/or members who are interested in providing information to their constituents.
Mercedes Victoria Castillo, Esq.
Mercedes V. Castillo is a graduate of the University of California at Davis, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Law and graduated with a King Hall Public Service Law Program certificate for service to the community as a law student. Ms. Castillo has represented clients in the areas of immigration, criminal law, and employment law. She has entered appearances before the Ninth Circuit, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal and state courts throughout California. She is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, the National Immigration Law Project, the Federal Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and participates in national and international conferences on human rights. In 2006, she received the C.B. King Award for her activism as a law student. Ms. Castillo served as the National Vice President of the National Lawyers Guild (2006-2008) and as the Chair of the National Latina/o Law Students Association (2004-2006). Ms. Castillo has published articles on using the law in activism.
Diana C. Chacon, Legal Assistant. Diana is majoring in Chicana/o Studies and Business. She has extensive experience in the services industry and provides our clients with professional and helpful guidance. Ms. Chacon is hoping to go on to get her Masters in Business Administration and believes that businesses should have more responsibility when it comes to the community they serve.
Victor A. Castro, Legal Assistant/Community Organizer. Victor recently received his B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Prior to working at our Law Offices, he worked as a community organizer for three years in the Inland Empire and continues to be an active organizer in Venice and Santa Monica. Mr. Castro is considering getting his J.D. and becoming a community lawyer.
6457 Whittier Blvd. East Los Angeles, CA 90022 Ph: (323) 617-4700 Fax: (323) 617-4788 Alt: (323) 45-GENTE