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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

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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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ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

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.

OUR IMPACT

2007-2013: The Institutions Project represented women who were sexually assaulted by corrections officers while serving time in state prisons. Their lawsuit against the Department of Corrections resulted in sweeping reforms and enhanced safety for female prisoners throughout the state. More

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