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Community Fills Seattle City Hall to Demand an End to Discriminatory Tenant Screening Practices

Over 100 community members filled Seattle City Hall to discuss criminal background checks in tenant screening. Roughly 60 signed up to testify, many demanding an end to the discrimination people with criminal records face when seeking housing.

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.

Save the date!

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. Please save the date of October 18th to imagine a more just future with us! More.

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.

2017 Legislative Priorities

We are actively working on behalf of our client communities during the 2017 WA State legislative session to ensure that everyone across our state has access to justice, strong & enforceable rights for workers, consumers, & voters, plus the stability & opportunity necessary to achieve their dreams. More


Settlement Reached in Mercer Canyons Class Action


Fair Access to Hospital Care: The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn’t prohibit people from seeking hospital care. CLS, working closely with patients and allies, is working to help break down barriers to affordable hospital care so all families can thrive. More


"Organizations like Columbia Legal Services give people a voice that wouldn't otherwise be heard."

- CLS Client, on legal representation affecting over 8,000 people at risk of losing low-income housing.