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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

Class Action Seeks Medical Care

Columbia Legal Services filed suit against the Washington Department of Corrections for failing to approve care for prisoners living with long-term medical conditions and substantial pain. More

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

Falling Through the Gaps: How a Stay in Detention Can Lead to Youth Homelessness

Across Washington, youth exit from detention to homelessness. We released a report describing how this happens, why our systems fail these youth, and what we can do about it as a community of advocates. More

Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) has informed Class Counsel that it mailed out Settlement Checks to most members of the Damages Class on Thursday, November 19, 2015.  There are some Class Members whose Notice of Right to Class Action Settlement Payment were returned as undeliverable. More

Report to the Community

Our Report to the Community covers the past year at Columbia Legal Services. We continued expanding pathways out of poverty and helped support lives of dignity and stability for some of the most disadvantaged communities in Washington. More

Special Thanks!

This year's advocate level sponsors at the 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception: Celebrating the Art of Advocacy were Sonata Capital Group and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger. Thanks for the support!

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Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

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

OUR IMPACT

2005: CLS joined with two private law firms and the ACLU of Washington in representing clients harmed by negligent practices in the Grant County public defense system. Our joint advocacy resulted in reforms, including limits on case-loads and qualified for supervision for public defenders. More

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