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Class Action Filed Against Munger Brothers and Sarbanand Farms

H-2A farmworkers who were employed by Sarbanand Farms last year filed an employment rights class action against Sarbanand and its parent company, Munger Bros., alleging violations of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act through a pattern of threats and intimidation.  More...

2018 Washington Legislative Priorities

We stand with families, workers, and consumers to urge legislators to protect low-income Washingtonians and create opportunities for them to thrive. More

 

King County Signs an Executive Order to Remove Youth Housed At RJC

Executive Order signed less than two weeks after concerned parents filed suit against King County for placing children in solitary confinement for weeks and months at a time at Maleng Regional Justice Center (RJC). More...

Access Denied

Read our new report revealing how hospitals in Washington State are not meeting legal requirements to provide free or reduced cost of care to thousands of eligible patients most in need. More.

Seattle City Council Votes to Remove Criminal Records from Tenants Screening Process

Councilmembers voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which addresses some of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, including racial discrimination and homelessness. More.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

The Court found that Yakima County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons on a civil immigration "warrant". More

Immigrant Youth In Crisis

Today Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1988, protecting Washington's most vulnerable immigrant youth. The signing coincides with the release of our report: Immigrant Youth In Crisis, shedding light on the gaps within our state's systems for protecting unaccompanied immigrant youth and proposes concrete changes to mend the gaps.

No New Youth Jail

City of Seattle dismisses appeal by over 60 community groups on youth jail permitting decision. In another example of systemic racism, Seattle and King County continue to ignore communities of color in order to ram through the new youth jail. The fight to stop this misguided and unaffordable project will continue. More.

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ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

Fair Access to Hospital Care: The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn’t prohibit people from seeking hospital care. CLS, working closely with patients and allies, is working to help break down barriers to affordable hospital care so all families can thrive. More

OUR IMPACT

2002-2007: State and federal agents intimidated primarily Spanish-speaking childcare providers and accused them of fraud. Our advocacy resulted in the fraud claims being dropped, damage awards to the affected providers, and changes to the investigative procedures of DSHS. More

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