Special Programs and Initiatives

CRLA has several innovative and ongoing initiatives that seek to address problems that cut across several areas of need. These initiatives allow us to focus more specifically on marginalized communities that have demonstrated a complex need or demand for our extended resources. We are responsive to community-identified needs and also work with an array of community organizations, researchers and local leaders to identify comlex areas of need that are not traditionally addressed through one of our main priority program areas.

Community Equity Initiative

Throughout California hundreds of thousands of people live in Disadvantaged, Unincorporated Communities (DUCs). DUCs range from urban pockets that are excluded from cities, to more remote, densely settled rural communities. »

Indigeneous Program

The Indigenous Program provides legal advocacy, educational outreach and supports leadership development in California’s rural indigenous  communities in order to provide sustainable solutions to meet their needs. »

LGBT Program

The LGBT program advocates on behalf of low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and their families in rural California by improving access to justice and expand civic engagement opportunities. »


CRLA offers two programs that provide a range of services to support fair housing and civil rights for farm workers and rural populations who face housing discrimination and services to homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure. »

#NoMás: Farmworker Sexual Violence Assistance

For a farmworker woman, sexual violence is typically suffered in silence. She may experience deep fears of losing her job, law and immigration enforcement, and retaliation against herself individually or her family. »

Disparities in Rural Education

CRLA with a group of allied organizations and advocacy partners are addressing the excessive use of suspension and expulsion in California's public schools, which disproportionately effects low-income students of color. »




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