Roberto Hernandez was born in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico. His family migrated to the United States when he was ten years old. Roberto attended Sacred Heart School and Notre Dame High School eventually graduating from Trenton State College with a Bachelors of Arts degree. Roberto continued his education at Seton Hall Law School and with the Rutgers School of Drug and Alcohol; he is currently a certified social worker by the State of New Jersey. He is a graduate and fellow of the Leadership Trenton class 2002, In 2009 Roberto received his accreditation from The United States Department of Justice and Homeland Security to represent and advocate for person seeking Immigration benefits, he has numerous other certifications and licensees.
Roberto served his country honorably in the United States Army, during his tour of duty he facilitating leadership skills to young officers and instructing survival skills to soldiers during basic training, he also counseled soldiers and their families who experience PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
Roberto has received numerous certifications, Markman and Stanley Family Institute Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Clinical Applications of Cognitive Therapy by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York Immigration Coalition and CLINIC Inc. and ILRC in Akron PA. Bureau of Immigration Affairs (BIA) Accredited Representative.
Roberto has trained numerous governmental and private agencies such as the United States offices of Child and Family Services in Washington, DC. The Division of Youth and Family Services, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital of New Brunswick, Kean College, College of New Jersey, Rider University, Princeton University, Trenton Board of Education, Trenton Police Department and numerous others.
In 1995 Roberto was co-chair of the Latin American Council Conference on Human Rights held in the Dominican Republic, developing dialogue and the sharing of resources among Latin American countries, under his leadership EL Centro has been recognized nationally by the Annie E.Casey foundation and CCUSA to name a few.
Roberto has been in numerous boards and held leadership positions throughout his career with the Catholic Youth Organization; He is the Founder of El Centro. Anchor House incorporator signer, President of the Hispanic Caucus of NJ, Deputy Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus. Roberto has been involved with NJ Special Olympics for over 20 years as a swimming coach.
Roberto offers over 35 years of service to his community. He was instrumental in the development and creation of Anchor House a shelter for runaway youth. In 1999 Roberto with the support of Catholic Charities found El Centro, with the emphasis to provide the community with social services, education and support. Since then over 25,000 families have received services. El Centro as it is affectionately known by the community has played a major role in breaking the isolation many Latinos have experienced due to the great Latino migration.
Roberto and his wife Aida live in Hamilton NJ and belong to Holy Angels Church; they have raised three young men who are seeking their own distinct careers.