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Join us on October 18th to imagine a more just future! Fifty years ago, Washington attorneys came together to form Seattle Legal Services, which grew into the statewide Evergreen Legal Services. It is a history we are honored to share with our legal aid partners, and now with you.  More.

Seattle City Council Votes to Remove Criminal Records from Tenants Screening Process

Councilmembers voted unanimously to pass the Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which addresses some of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, including racial discrimination and homelessness. More.

Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Unconstitutional Immigration Hold

The Court found that Yakima County had no authority to place an immigration hold against persons on a civil immigration "warrant". More

Imagining Opportunity: 2016 Report to the Community

Our Report to the Community covers just some of the work we did alongside clients seeking better opportunities in 2016. More

Immigrant Youth In Crisis

Today Governor Jay Inslee signed HB 1988, protecting Washington's most vulnerable immigrant youth. The signing coincides with the release of our report: Immigrant Youth In Crisis, shedding light on the gaps within our state's systems for protecting unaccompanied immigrant youth and proposes concrete changes to mend the gaps.

No New Youth Jail

City of Seattle dismisses appeal by over 60 community groups on youth jail permitting decision. In another example of systemic racism, Seattle and King County continue to ignore communities of color in order to ram through the new youth jail. The fight to stop this misguided and unaffordable project will continue. More.

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Settlement Reached in Mercer Canyons Class Action

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

Fair Access to Hospital Care: The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn’t prohibit people from seeking hospital care. CLS, working closely with patients and allies, is working to help break down barriers to affordable hospital care so all families can thrive. More

OUR IMPACT

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

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