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Advocates Begin to Distribute $1 Million in Settlement Funds to Farm Workers

In July, CLS advocates began distributing funds to over 700 Yakima Valley farm workers who were on the winning side of a hard-fought class action settlement. More En Español

Our Commitment to Racial Justice in the Spirit of Community

In our capacity as lawyers who aspire to serve justice and eliminate racialized poverty, we share in the mourning and deep sorrow over the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Their deaths and the fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas, cannot be deaths in vain. More

Fair Access to Hospital Care

The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn't prohibit people from seeking hospital care. Columbia Legal Services, working closely with patients and allies, aims to help break down these barriers so everyone who qualifies for Charity Care is aware of and can access free or discounted hospital services. More

Victory for Hepatitis C Patients

A federal district court hands patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C virus an unmitigated victory, ordering coverage by the Washington Health Care Authority, the state Medicaid agency, of a cure for Hepatitis C, treatment needed by thousands of Washington Medicaid enrollees. More

Franklin County Jail Class Notice

See the Class Action Notice and the Settlement Agreement regarding Farris et al., v. Franklin County, et al., a class action we filed claiming Franklin County Correctional Center detainees had been abused and that the jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect health and safety. Available in both English and Spanish. More

Report to the Community

Our Report to the Community covers the past year at Columbia Legal Services. We strove to imagine a just society by connecting our work with local and national networks and  aligning our values as an organization with that vision of justice. More

Working Toward Successful Reentry

For years, Columbia Legal Services and our partners have lead efforts around achieving successful reentry policies in Washington State. Together, we've had some major successes during the 2016 Legislature Session. More.

Legislature Passes Bill to Assist Homeless Students
Bill to Support Homeless Students

The State Legislature passed the Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act which will make Washington the first state in the nation to implement a new and innovative grant program to promote the creation of state-level school-housing partnerships. More

Standing Up for Shelter For Everyone

We are working with advocates and people who are experiencing homelessness to oppose recent homeless eviction sweeps until everyone has access to shelter. More

If you have experienced a sweep and would like to tell us about it, please contact Yurij Rudensky at yurij.rudensky@columbialegal.org


Class Action Notice to Individuals Held At the Franklin County Corrections Center


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


For more than 35 years, the Institutions Project has advocated for our state's most powerless residents. Addressing issues of cruelty, neglect, and safety in prisons, juvenile institutions, mental health facilities, and other places of confinement, our work has curbed abuses and improved post-release outcomes. More