Project staff work to protect workers' rights and health, improve access to quality schooling and higher education, raise the voices of disenfranchised Californians in low-income and marginalized communities, and provide
essential legal services.
The Protecting Children of Immigrants Project, directed by Equal Justice Works Fellow Eliana Kaimowitz, provided legal education and legal services to immigrant parents on immigrants’ and parental rights and encourages families to prepare in case of separation caused by immigration enforcement. We helped immigrant parents regain custody of their children, provide legal education to the community on immigration law and immigrants' rights, and distribute written material we developed to inform parents of their rights.
CRLAF’s Affordable Housing Project focuses on statewide housing policy and its affect on low-income households, seniors, farmworkers and others in need of affordable housing.
The Labor & Employment Project is directed by CRLA Foundation Deputy Director Mark Schacht, who is a 10 year veteran of Capitol Hill, where he worked as a congressional staffer, civil rights lobbyist and as Executive Director of the Farmworker Justice Fund (now Farmworker Justice).
CRLAF ensures that the rights of farm workers, immigrants and other low-wage workers are respected in rural California through impact litigation and appellate advocacy. Attorneys Julia Montgomery and Shannon Going form CRLAF’s Litigation Unit, guided by Litigation Coordinator Cynthia Rice.
CRLAF’s Immigration & Citizenship Project promotes access to immigration relief (when available) and information about immigration laws for the rural poor.
Since 2002, CRLAF's Agricultural Worker Health Project has combined community outreach, leadership development, and policy and legal advocacy to help immigrant and farm worker communities improve their health and safety throughout the Central Valley and in rural, isolated, and poor communities elsewhere in the state.
The Education Equity Project provides technical assistance, advocacy support, and training to legal service projects, elementary and secondary educational institutions, other public entities, and low income individuals statewide.
The Pesticide and Work Safety Project works to bring to light and reduce agricultural work hazards and pesticide exposures faced by California’s agricultural workers and other rural residents.
As the newest project at CRLAF, the Sustainable Rural Communities Project seeks to merge many of our organization’s longstanding direct services and advocacy issues into an approach that addresses the systemic causes of our communities’ poverty, poor health and degraded environment.