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Imagine Justice

An evening of hope and inspiration benefiting the work of Columbia Legal Services

NEW DATE
October 13, 2016 | 5:00 pm | $35
Impact Hub Seattle
220 Second Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104
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Fair and Accessible Renting for Everyone

CLS with the Tenant’s Union and the FARE Coalition began hosting community drafting sessions around an ordinance tackling the issue of access to renting for formerly incarcerated individuals.

Advocates Begin to Distribute $1 Million in Settlement Funds to Farm Workers

In July, CLS advocates began distributing funds to over 700 Yakima Valley farm workers who were on the winning side of a hard-fought class action settlement. More En Español

Our Commitment to Racial Justice in the Spirit of Community

In our capacity as lawyers who aspire to serve justice and eliminate racialized poverty, we share in the mourning and deep sorrow over the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Their deaths and the fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas, cannot be deaths in vain. More

Fair Access to Hospital Care

The cost of medical services, especially during emergencies, shouldn't prohibit people from seeking hospital care. Columbia Legal Services, working closely with patients and allies, aims to help break down these barriers so everyone who qualifies for Charity Care is aware of and can access free or discounted hospital services. More

Franklin County Jail Class Notice

See the Class Action Notice and the Settlement Agreement regarding Farris et al., v. Franklin County, et al., a class action we filed claiming Franklin County Correctional Center detainees had been abused and that the jail failed to follow basic procedures designed to protect health and safety. Available in both English and Spanish. More

Report to the Community

Our Report to the Community covers the past year at Columbia Legal Services. We strove to imagine a just society by connecting our work with local and national networks and  aligning our values as an organization with that vision of justice. More

Standing Up for Shelter For Everyone

On August 24 2016, we in partnership with the ACLU and others published an open letter to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray calling for their commitment to a safe and sustainable alternative to the ongoing sweeps of unsheltered individuals and families in Seattle. More

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Class Action Notice to Individuals Held At the Franklin County Corrections Center

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

2005: CLS joined with two private law firms and the ACLU of Washington in representing clients harmed by negligent practices in the Grant County public defense system. Our joint advocacy resulted in reforms, including limits on case-loads and qualified for supervision for public defenders. More

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