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Exposing Gaps in Pesticide Protections

When pesticides applied in one location drift and land on people working nearby, exposure can cause immediate and long-term illness. CLS joined forces with the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides to investigate pesticide drift in Washington and suggest protective measures. 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

Weighing in on Proposed City of Seattle Sweep Rules

CLS is joining SCLC to comment on the City of Seattle's proposed rules on encampment removals. Vague wording in the proposed rules leaves people who are experiencing homelessness vulnerable to removal without protections. More

No New Youth Jail

CLS is joining EPIC (Ending the Prison Industrial Complex) and Smith & Lowney PLLC in the pending appeal of the proposed new youth jail slated to be built in Seattle's Central District. We are following the lead of community based organizations, faith leaders, and concerned individuals to halt construction of the new jail. More

Affordable Access to Medical Care

Columbia Legal Services works to ensure that Washington families are able to access affordable medical care without falling into financial ruin. One unplanned health emergency should not lead to a devastating cycle of debt.


Settlement Reached in Hep C 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


For more than 35 years, the Institutions Project has advocated for our state's most powerless residents. Addressing issues of cruelty, neglect, and safety in prisons, juvenile institutions, mental health facilities, and other places of confinement, our work has curbed abuses and improved post-release outcomes. More