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CLS Presents Jose Antonio Vargas
An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas


Join Columbia Legal Services and the ACLU of Washington for a special screening of Documented & panel discussion at the Social Justice Film Festival on Friday, October 24 at the University Christian Church. More

Come Celebrate!
Honoring Partners for Justice

In recognition of National Pro Bono Month, Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration.

October 22, 2014
The Impact HUB (Pioneer Square in Seattle)



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

Homeless Student with Backpack
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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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.


"Organizations like Columbia Legal Services give people a voice that wouldn't otherwise be heard."

- CLS Client, on legal representation affecting over 8,000 people at risk of losing low-income housing.