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Modern Day Debtors' Prisons

Washington courts are locking up people for being poor. A report by CLS and the ACLU of Washington describes how the burden of court-mandated fines and fees leads to poverty, and frequently, jail time. More

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Student Homelessness Rising

More than 30,000 students are homeless in Washington State. That’s approximately 1 in 34 students, according to an analysis by the Children and Youth Project. Student homelessness is on the rise, with no corner of Washington left untouched. More

Ensuring Access to Healthcare for Low-Income Immigrants

Washington hospitals were improperly denying immigrants access to "charity care," a crucial safety net for the working poor. Our advocacy reversed discriminatory billing practices and empowered immigrant families to escape crushing medical debts. More

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ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

Foreclosure Working Group: Foreclosure rates soared in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, affecting countless Washington residents. The Foreclosure Working Group advocates for policy reforms and employs litigation to help families keep their homes. More

OUR IMPACT

2005: CLS joined with two private law firms and the ACLU of Washington in representing clients harmed by negligent practices in the Grant County public defense system. Our joint advocacy resulted in reforms, including limits on case-loads and qualified for supervision for public defenders. More

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