Client Services

CRLA is nationally recognized as a leader in farmworker and migrant service provision through community outreach, educational training and direct legal service. Eligible clients have access to services from our team of premiere public interest attorneys and dedicated community workers at no cost. It is our firm belief that justice should not require a price tag but should be basic human right for all. We are proud to have the opportunity to represent you and your fight for justice!

CRLA represents low-income rural clients on a variety of cutting edge issues. The majority of our efforts can be classified in one of 5 major legal areas that we consider our organizational priorities. While we do not necessarily preclude cases that do not fall into one of these categories, we prioritize these issue areas and offer particular expertise on these legal issues:

Issues including securing students' rights; special education placement problems; suspensions and expulsions.

Rural Health
CRLA’s Rural Health Disparities Program (RHDP) aims to increase meaningful access to quality health care for California’s poor rural communities.  The program provides legal advocacy to those facing barriers to health coverage and/or necessary medical services.  The program’s current focus is to increase culturally and linguistically appropriate community education on the Affordable Care Act.

Matters involving tenants' rights; sub-standard housing; lockouts and utility shut-offs by landlords; housing discrimination; farm worker housing; rent deposit refunds and limited eviction defense.

Labor and Employment
Issues including minimum wage and overtime claims; working conditions; retaliation; sexual harassment; and employees' rights.

Leadership Development
CRLA has established Community Committees in 15 regions, and provides training to the membership of these Committees to promote leadership and civic engagement, to help low-income communities engage in effective self-advocacy



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