California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
CRLA legal services are shaped by the needs of our diverse client community. Through a state-wide network of 21 offices, our staff conducts litigation, outreach and legal education on the most pressing issues facing low-income communities: housing; employment; education; workplace safety; discrimination; income maintenance and healthcare access. CRLA provides legal services in conjunction with a series of innovative programs and special initiatives. Strategically designed programs and initiatives allow CRLA to address recurring, wide-spread problems that we have identified through emergent patterns in our individual client cases. CRLA has developed initiatives that deal with many complex and persistent problems for rural communities: protecting the health and safety of farmworkers; guaranteeing that workers receive proper wages; protecting individuals from predatory lending; fighting for communities that lack basic infrastructure; advocating for indigenous Mexican farmworkers; providing education and training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace; enforcing fair housing practices; supporting victims of domestic violence; guaranteeing the rights of children to a quality education; and increasing access to healthcare among California's low-income families.