Legislative Update: Spotlight on the “Slavery Loophole”

Legislative Update: Spotlight on the “Slavery Loophole”

Session Update! CLS advocates are working hard to advance racial and economic equity in Washington this legislative session. Here’s an update from week three: FEATURED BILL HB 1024 Real Labor, Real Wages, introduced by Representative Tarra Simmons (D-23) HB 1024...
Top 10 Countdown

Top 10 Countdown

CLS “Top Ten” of 2022! Looking back at a year of progress, community, and the pursuit of equity and justice. Equity Day!CLS staff gathered (in person!) for a day dedicated to equity, internally and externally. We aim to ground our work in the values taught by the...
What’s on the agenda this legislative session?

What’s on the agenda this legislative session?

The 2023 legislative session is coming quickly. Our legislators will have 105 days to pass new laws for Washington, and we want to make sure those laws advance equity and justice for everyone in our state. CLS is one of the only legal aid organizations in Washington...
Washington leads in the nation in progress on LFOs

Washington leads in the nation in progress on LFOs

Taking apart our state’s unjust system of legal financial obligations (the fees and fines courts assign someone convicted of a crime) is one of CLS’s longstanding top priorities. Every year, we work to chip away at the laws that trap people in unending debt, long...