Columbia Legal Services (Washington State)

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Primary geographic focus: Washington
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Washington State Legal Aid Lawyers Cheer Supreme Court’s Fair Housing Act Decision

Ashley Gross
KPLU News (local NPR, Puget Sound region)
June 29, 2015
The recent Supreme Court ruling on housing discrimination has Washington state legal aid lawyers cheering.

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Washington No.1 for jailing noncriminal youth, spurred by law named for Tacoma runaway

July 11, 2015
Washington state jails the most young people for noncriminal offenses because of a law passed decades ago. Now even the parents of the victim that helped pass the law say it has gone too far.

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Kids Should be Focused on Homework, Not Working to Find a Home

Katara Jordan
July 22, 2015
We can't expect kids to succeed in school when they don't have a home. Here's how to combat student homelessness.


The Crimes of Children

Dylan Walsh
Atlantic, The
August 10, 2015
The juvenile justice system was designed to “hide youthful errors from the full gaze of the public.” But the extra penalties attached to these sentences have ruined many lives.


Nobody wants to put runaways in detention — but what do we do?

Helen Halpert
Seattle Times
November 30, 2015
It’s not uncommon that the parents cannot be found or won’t take back their children, leading to at-risk youth being held in detention centers.

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Seattle group wants to lift rental barrier for those with criminal records

Seattle Times
December 12, 2015
A group of Seattle organizations will launch a campaign Monday for city legislation banning landlords from automatically rejecting prospective tenants with criminal records.

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Task force to seek ways to reduce barriers to housing for those with criminal records

Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times
January 19, 2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is asking a new task force to help the city decide how to reduce barriers to housing for people with criminal records.


DOC’s error hurt inmates trying to rebuild their lives

Alex Bergstrom, Rhona Taylor
Seattle Times
March 3, 2016
Sending inmates back to prison in the wake of the state Department of Corrections computer glitch contradicts the spirit of granting everyone a “second chance.”

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Seattle mayor calls for protection of tenants using rent subsidies

Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times
April 19, 2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is asking the City Council to extend civil-rights protections to people paying rent with government subsidies and other alternative sources of income.

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State Supreme Court rejects Benton County’s collection of court fees from woman’s disability payments

Kristin M. Kraemer
Tri-City Herald (WA)
September 22, 2016
This Benton County case is expected to be cited by prosecutors and judges in the future when addressing a person’s present or future ability to pay.

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Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

Elizabeth Grossman
National Public Radio (NPR)
December 9, 2016
Aguilar and Martinez are challenging this labor law exemption in Washington by filing a class-action lawsuiton behalf of all agricultural workers in the state.

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WA Hospitals Aren’t Fulfilling Legal Duty to Offer Charity Care to Needy Patients, New Study Shows

Ana Sofia Knauf
Stranger (WA)
August 30, 2017
Hospitals across Washington State are not providing struggling individuals and families adequate access to charity care, according to a new report from Columbia Legal Services.

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Some Kids Tried As Adults in King County Are Held in Isolation for Months

Sara Bernard
Seattle Weekly
October 25, 2017
Columbia Legal Services filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging violations of due process.

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These Foreign Workers Say They Were Told to Pick Blueberries Unless They Were on Their “Death Bed”

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn
Mother Jones
February 1, 2018
A lawsuit alleges that a Washington berry giant used “a pattern of threats and intimidation” to manage its guest workers.

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Ruling against Seattle law hurts renters, advocates say

Daniel Beekman
Seattle Times
March 30, 2018
By allowing landlords to “go with their gut,” the ruling restores opportunities for discrimination, said Merf Ehman, of Columbia Legal Services, calling for the city to appeal.

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Court fees a hurdle to full redemption, advocate says

Donald W. Meyers
Yakima Herald-Republic (WA)
January 31, 2019
If a defendant can’t pay, he or she is usually assessed a mandatory $600 on top of whatever fines are assessed or restitution the court believes the defendant is capable of paying.

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Yakima County to Stop Detaining Individuals Based on ICE Warrants

Janine Loutzenhiser
February 7, 2019
In a press release sent out by Columbia Legal Services the Yakima County entered a settlement resolving claims brought on by previous cases, Sanchez-Ochoa and Olivera.

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Inslee signs bill overhauling eviction rules in Washington

Associated Press (AP)
May 10, 2019
Landlords must give tenants who are behind on their rent at least 14 days to pay, rather than three.

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