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Class Notice: Rosas v. Sarbanand

If you picked blueberries as an H-2A farm worker in 2017 at Sarbanand Farms in Sumas, Washington a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.


2019 Washington Legislative Priorities

We believe that to achieve justice, all communities should have a voice in the creation and implementation of the policies, laws, and legal systems that impact them. More


Agreements Reached with King County and Kent School District

King County has agreed to ban solitary confinement of juveniles in all King County detention facilities and Kent School District has agreed to reform its policies and procedures regarding the educating of youth held at the RJC. More...

Defending Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing Ordinance

Two nonprofit organizations that advocate for fair and affordable housing moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Rental Housing Association and three landlords challenging Seattle’s Fair Chance Housing law. More...

Growers Pressure Regulators to Slash Wages

Washington’s apple industry is pressuring both the Washington State Employment Security Department and the federal Department of Labor to lower harvest wages between $4-6 per hour for the upcoming 2018 apple harvest. More...

Students Experiencing Homelessness Have the Right to an Education

Columbia Legal Services created this Know Your Rights toolkit for SchoolHouse Washington. It provides school-aged students who are considered homeless with valuable information and resources on the education rights. More...

Class Action Filed Against Munger Brothers and Sarbanand Farms

H-2A farmworkers who were employed by Sarbanand Farms last year filed an employment rights class action against Sarbanand and its parent company, Munger Bros., alleging violations of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act through a pattern of threats and intimidation.  More...

Access Denied

Read our new report revealing how hospitals in Washington State are not meeting legal requirements to provide free or reduced cost of care to thousands of eligible patients most in need. More.



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


1985-present. Before the mid-1980’s farmworkers had few of the health or safety protections that other workers enjoyed. Despite threats of retaliation, brave workers fought for better lives. CLS and its predecessor organizations represented them in making dramatic change. More