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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.

CLS Executive Director Search

In a new Executive Director, we are searching for a visionary leader with impeccable integrity, committed to carrying forward our history, advocacy capacity, and role as counsel for the community-based movements of our time. A leader with the ability to work across differences, bring people together, respect diverse perspectives, and inspire engagement and action. More.

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

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.

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Settlement Reached in Mercer Canyons Class Action

ADVOCACY HIGHLIGHT

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

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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