CRLAF is a statewide non-profit organization providing legal services and policy advocacy for California’s rural poor. We focus on some of the most marginalized communities: the unrepresented, the unorganized and the undocumented.  We engage in impact litigation, community education and outreach, legislative and administrative advocacy, and public policy leadership on the state and local levels in the areas of labor, housing, education, health, worker safety, pesticides, citizenship, immigration, and environmental justice. We seek to bring social justice to rural poor communities throughout California.

CRLAF Staff:

Amagda Perez, Esq. | Executive Director
Mark Schacht │Deputy Director, Legislative Director
Kirsten Hill, Esq. | Associate Director
Brian Augusta, Esq. │Director, Rural Housing Project
Santiago Avila-Gomez, Esq. │Director, Education Equity Project & Immigration Attorney
Della Barnett, Esq. │Director, Labor & Civil Rights Litigation Project
Laura Flores, Esq. │Equal Justice Works Emerson Law Fellow
Daniel Gutierrez │Accountant
Claudia Guzman Bogusz│Program Assistant
Anne Katten │Director, Pesticide & Worker Safety Project
Kristina McKibben │Immigration Attorney
Juanita P. Ontiveros │Director of Community Advocacy, Special Projects & Human Resources
Sergio D. Perez │Equal Justice Works Emerson Paralegal, BIA Accredited Representative
Marcus Tang, Esq.│California Bar Foundation DACA/DAPA Fellow
Erandi Zamora, Esq.│Staff Attorney, Labor & Civil Rights Litigation
Alejandra Tovar │Co-Director, Sustainable Rural Communities Project, BIA Accredited Representative
Noe Paramo│Co-Director, Sustainable Rural Communities Project, Legislative Advocate
Vianey Gomez │Fellow
Zenaida Ventura│Fellow
Martha Zarate │Program Assistant


Board Members:

Rosa Armendariz│ Education Advocate, Los Medanos College
Silvia Garcia, Esq. │In Memoriam (1968-2012)
Joseph Jaramillo, Esq. │Attorney
Estela Lopez, Esq. | Attorney
Manuel Magana │Farm Worker
Richard M. Pearl, Esq. │ Attorney, Law Offices of Richard M. Pearl
Rosario Vasquez│ Community Organizer
Virginia Villegas, Esq. │ Attorney, Villegas/Carrera, LLP