ADVOCACY ISSUE - Systems Reform
We work to improve or, when necessary, dismantle systems that oppress and deny opportunities.
Racialized and discriminatory systems work to disadvantage or exclude people of color, people living in poverty, and children. Voting systems are created to advantage white and wealthy communities already in power. Local governments operate behind closed doors or without opportunity for public input. Children in poverty in Washington state are harmed by systems that fail to protect them. Many state policies for children either treat them as adults or ignore them. In dependency proceedings the parents and the government always have attorneys, but the child does not.
Columbia Legal Services works to improve or, when necessary, dismantle systems that oppress and deny opportunities. We work to transform voting systems and keep government accessible and accountable. We work with youth, families, and advocates for children to ensure that the best interests of the child take priority in state and local policies and practices.