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Challenging Worker Exclusions

Dairy workers are challenging the constitutionality of the Washington rule that excludes farm workers from overtime pay, which was directly modeled on a racially motivated federal exemption crafted during the Jim Crow era. More

Eliminating Pesticide Exposure

Pesticide exposure causes farm workers to suffer more chemically-related injuries and illnesses than any other occupational group in the nation. We are representing seven orchard workers alleging they were exposed to pesticides during a crop-dusting application and released a video of farm workers' experiences with pesticide drift More

Affordable Access to Medical Care

Columbia Legal Services works to ensure that Washington families are able to access affordable medical care without falling into financial ruin. One unplanned health emergency should not lead to a devastating cycle of debt.

Fair and Accessible Renting for Everyone

CLS with the Tenant’s Union and the FARE Coalition began hosting community drafting sessions around an ordinance tackling the issue of access to renting for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Fair Access to Hospital Care

The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn't prohibit people from seeking hospital care. Columbia Legal Services, working closely with patients and allies, aims to help break down these barriers so everyone who qualifies for Charity Care is aware of and can access free or discounted hospital services. More

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

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Class Action Notice to Individuals Held At the Franklin County Corrections Center

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

Sustainable Solutions: The Seattle City Council is considering an ordinance, originally drafted by CLS & ACLU-WA, that provides a framework for how the City engages in campsite removals while being more responsive to the needs of people experiencing homelessness and neighborhood concerns. More

OUR IMPACT

1979-1982: After years of inhumane conditions and escalating violence in Washington's largest prison, our advocacy resulted in a ban on torturous isolation cells, improved medical care, and reduced violence and guard brutality at the State Penitentiary in Walla Walla. More

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