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Yakima Valley Farm Workers and Orchard Owners and Operators Reach Agreement to Settle Appeal

After years of litigation, the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the pending appeal in Saucedo v. NW Management, which will return the case to the federal district court in Yakima to finalize the process. More  En Español

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

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


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


"I wanted justice...for the farmworkers who are poorly paid and mistreated, and always humiliated because we are afraid to speak."

- CLS Client, on legal representation affecting nearly 1,000 farmworkers experiencing discrimination.