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Standing Up for Shelter For Everyone

We are working with advocates and people who are experiencing homelessness to oppose recent homeless eviction sweeps until everyone has access to shelter. More

If you have experienced a sweep and would like to tell us about it, please contact Yurij Rudensky at yurij.rudensky@columbialegal.org

Class Action Seeks Medical Care

Columbia Legal Services filed suit against the Washington Department of Corrections for failing to approve care for prisoners living with long-term medical conditions and substantial pain. More

Farm Worker Groups Call for Investigation of Effort to Lower Wages
Farm Worker Organizations Request Investigation of Alleged Cooperation Amongst Growers to Lower Farm Worker Wages

Four farm worker organizations are calling for an investigation into whether the Washington Farm Labor Association and potentially others engaged in unlawful activity to depress farm worker wages and working conditions. More

Falling Through the Gaps: How a Stay in Detention Can Lead to Youth Homelessness

Across Washington, youth exit from detention to homelessness. We released a report describing how this happens, why our systems fail these youth, and what we can do about it as a community of advocates. More

Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

The Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) has informed Class Counsel that it mailed out Settlement Checks to most members of the Damages Class on Thursday, November 19, 2015.  There are some Class Members whose Notice of Right to Class Action Settlement Payment were returned as undeliverable. 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

Special Thanks!

This year's advocate level sponsors at the 4th Annual Pro Bono Reception: Celebrating the Art of Advocacy were Sonata Capital Group and Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger. Thanks for the support!

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Vancouver Housing Authority Class Action Settlement

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

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

OUR IMPACT

2002-2007: State and federal agents intimidated primarily Spanish-speaking childcare providers and accused them of fraud. Our advocacy resulted in the fraud claims being dropped, damage awards to the affected providers, and changes to the investigative procedures of DSHS. More

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