Rural Justice

To fight for justice and individual rights alongside
the most exploited communities of our society.

Programs & Services

CRLA offers a variety of services and programs
to California's low-income communities.

Priority Areas

CRLA program prioritites for client representation
in the following legal areas: housing, labor,
education and leadership development

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CRLA in the NEWS


Fresno County Mobile Home Park Residents File Lawsuit Against Predatory Corporate Owners

A group of mobile home park residents in Fresno County have filed a lawsuit to stop the ongoing predatory and inequitable actions of an out-of-town corporation that recently purchased their mobile home park.

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Client Story: Veteran’s Home Saved After Bankruptcy

Many news stories about California’s housing crisis focus on how there are not enough homes.

Another big piece to the housing crisis: predatory, confusing, or incorrect actions by mortgage lenders that can cause people who do have homes to lose them. Homeowners with limited income are especially at risk.

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EDD Affirms Disability Standard to Improve Protections for Pregnant Farmworkers

When we launched our Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) with Monterey County Department of Health in December 2017, we gave special focus to one of the county’s most pressing public health issues: poor outcomes for babies and children due to their mothers’ exposure to pesticides while pregnant

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Need for Trained Interpreters Increases in Kern County and Statewide

Imagine being in the hospital for urgent care, attending a disciplinary hearing at your child’s school, or being questioned by police after witnessing a crime—but you can’t understand what’s being said or communicate what you know.

Situations like this are all too common for the 6.7 million California residents…

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CRLA, Public Justice Defeat Coerced Arbitration for H-2A Workers

After a two-day bench trial in front of the Hon. Edward Chen, CRLA Salinas attorneys Ana Vicente and Josephine Weinberg, together with co-counsel Karla Gilbridge and Rodolfo Padilla of Public Justice, successfully challenged an arbitration agreement against Elkhorn Packing, a large H-2A agricultural employer in the Salinas area.

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For Undocumented Workers, Demanding Better Work Conditions Could Mean Deportation

A former dairy farm employee in Turlock, California, sued his boss after he disregarded an on-the-job injury. Yet, after leaving a desposition for his case, he was detained by immigration agents and deported

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For a farmworker woman, sexual violence is typically suffered in silence. She may not know her legal rights. Employers and supervisors frequently use these fears to exert power and control over farmworker women. These are their stories


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direct legal services, community outreach, and
educational workshops to farmworkers
and other low-income Californians.