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In Love with Justice

CLS Director Aurora Martin reflects on the recent supreme court decisions, the murder of men and women in Charleston, South Carolina, and the process of working towards justice. More

U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Essential Security Measures at WA Women’s Prisons

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that Washington’s Department of Corrections (DOC) may require that women correctional officers hold sensitive posts throughout the two women’s prisons. 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

Farm worker at blueberry farm
Class Action Sought for Workers at Farm Near Snohomish

Farm workers filed a class action complaint in May 2015 on behalf of workers who allege that their rights were violated when they planted blueberries near Snohomish at Golden Eagle Farms - owned by Aquilini, a multibillion-dollar conglomerate based in Vancouver, B.C. More

Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

The Vancouver Housing Authority must mail a Class Notice to those tenants included in the Settlement by May 26, 2015. Class Members must take action by July 1, 2015 to opt-out, object to the terms of the settlement or speak at the Fairness Hearing. More

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Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

OUR IMPACT

For more than 35 years, the Institutions Project has advocated for our state's most powerless residents. Addressing issues of cruelty, neglect, and safety in prisons, juvenile institutions, mental health facilities, and other places of confinement, our work has curbed abuses and improved post-release outcomes. More

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