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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, so all families can thrive. More

Victory for Hepatitis C Patients

A federal district court hands patients diagnosed with Hepatitis C virus an unmitigated victory, ordering coverage by the Washington Health Care Authority, the state Medicaid agency, of a cure for Hepatitis C, treatment needed by thousands of Washington Medicaid enrollees. 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

Yakima Valley Farm Workers and Orchard Owners and Operators Reach Agreement to Settle Appeal

After years of litigation, the parties have reached an agreement to resolve the pending appeal in Saucedo v. NW Management, which will return the case to the federal district court in Yakima to finalize the process. More  En Español

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

Working Toward Successful Reentry

For years, Columbia Legal Services and our partners have lead efforts around achieving successful reentry policies in Washington State. Together, we've had some major successes during the 2016 Legislature Session. More.

Legislature Passes Bill to Assist Homeless Students
Bill to Support Homeless Students

The State Legislature passed the Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act which will make Washington the first state in the nation to implement a new and innovative grant program to promote the creation of state-level school-housing partnerships. More

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 Notice to Individuals Held At the Franklin County Corrections Center


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


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