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Read our new report revealing how hospitals in Washington State are not meeting legal requirements to provide free or reduced cost of care to thousands of eligible patients most in need. More.

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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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ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

Proposed Changes to Medicad would Harm Washington's Children: The American Health Care Act (AHCA), currently being debated in Congress, would make sweeping changes to Medicaid. And that’s bad news for Washington’s children. As it happens, two out of three of participants in Washington’s Medicaid program are children. Not everybody realizes this. More

OUR IMPACT

2006: CLS worked with stakeholders to enact legislation that provides tools to workers who have suffered wage-theft from employers who fail to pay wages due. Our advocacy helped to establish fair rules and enforcement to ensure that workers receive what they have earned. More

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