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CLS Presents Jose Antonio Vargas
An Evening with Jose Antonio Vargas


Join Columbia Legal Services and the ACLU of Washington for a special screening of Documented & panel discussion at the Social Justice Film Festival on Friday, October 24 at the University Christian Church. More

Come Celebrate!
Honoring Partners for Justice

In recognition of National Pro Bono Month, Columbia Legal Services Presents the 3rd Annual Pro Bono Celebration.

October 22, 2014
The Impact HUB (Pioneer Square in Seattle)



Modern Day Debtors' Prisons

Washington courts are locking up people for being poor. A report by CLS and the ACLU of Washington describes how the burden of court-mandated fines and fees leads to poverty, and frequently, jail time. More

Homeless Student with Backpack
Student Homelessness Rising

More than 30,000 students are homeless in Washington State. That’s approximately 1 in 34 students, according to an analysis by the Children and Youth Project. Student homelessness is on the rise, with no corner of Washington left untouched. More

Ensuring Access to Healthcare for Low-Income Immigrants

Washington hospitals were improperly denying immigrants access to "charity care," a crucial safety net for the working poor. Our advocacy reversed discriminatory billing practices and empowered immigrant families to escape crushing medical debts. More


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Improving Outcomes for Children: The Children and Youth Project helped make progress for Washington children in the 2014 legislative session, including a long-sought expansion of attorney access for foster youth, and sealing juvenile records-reducing a major barrier to adult success. More


2003-2010: Our advocacy culminated in meaningful reforms to predatory lending practices in Washington. For more than 6 years, CLS advocates joined with partners and stakeholders to regulate so-called payday lenders, whose fees and practices ensnared thousands in a "debt trap." More