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GiveBIG Extended

GiveBIG has been extended for one more day! Columbia Legal Services is once again joining Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign and suggesting that anything you give makes a BIG impact. 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

WA Supreme Court Decision Favors Farmworkers
WA Supreme Court Decision Favors Farmworkers

A unanimous decision by the Washington Supreme Court favors farmworkers who were threatened by a gun-toting foreman and fired after reporting his practice to law enforcement. The case returns to the Ninth Circuit where a previous class action award of $1,004,000 in damages will likely be upheld. More

Franklin County Prisoners Reach Settlement

We have reached a settlement in the class action we filed on behalf of detainees at the Franklin County Correctional Center. The suit claimed that detainees had been abused on a regular basis and that the jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect the health and safety of the people under its charge. 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

Farm Worker Groups Call for Investigation of Effort to Lower Wages
Farm Worker Organizations Request Investigation of Alleged Cooperation Amongst Growers to Lower Farm Worker Wages

Four farm worker organizations are calling for an investigation into whether the Washington Farm Labor Association and potentially others engaged in unlawful activity to depress farm worker wages and working conditions. More


Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement


Second Chances: A criminal record can be a barrier to finding a job and a place to live long after serving time. The reentry clinics and legislative advocacy of the Institutions Project improve opportunities for people reentering their communities after incarceration. More.


2003-2010: Our advocacy culminated in meaningful reforms to predatory lending practices in Washington. For more than 6 years, CLS advocates joined with partners and stakeholders to regulate so-called payday lenders, whose fees and practices ensnared thousands in a "debt trap." More