CRLAF’s goal is to help the rural poor improve their economic, social and political conditions and become more civically engaged in their communities. 


Our capacity to serve our communities comes from our organization’s deep roots in, and longstanding institutional ties to, the largely rural, Latino and low-income communities where we work. 


Our executive director and many staff members are former farm workers or from farm worker families. This connection makes us well-positioned to grasp the issues of concern to rural poor communities and to design culturally sensitive solutions.


CRLAF fights for improvements for the rural poor in several ways:


CRLAF has nationally recognized legislative and administrative advocates who draft legislation to protect or enforce laws that are being violated


Community outreach and education designed to increase the capacity of our clients to understand the laws that affect them, their rights and responsibilities as residents in the United States, and the remedies that are available to them when their rights have been violated. 


CRLAF’s attorneys are experts on issues that affect rural immigrants and are able to represent immigrants in various forums, from individual immigration matters to class action and impact litigation


CRLAF’s three-tiered approach to comprehensive legal services provides our clients and their advocates with unique opportunities to capacity building, problem-solving, and leadership development. 

For 35+ years CRLAF has built a reputation as a trusted resource for farm workers and rural families. Empowering our communities to advocate is critical to developing long-term solutions. 


Political power is essential in finding long-term solutions to the problems farm workers and other low-wage laborers face. CRLAF is a trusted and respected voice representing low-income rural communities. 

To protect the rights of low-wage workers representing large groups is the key to bringing about industry-wide improvements. By representing low-wage workers in class action litigation, CRLAF has achieved sweeping reforms in wage and hour, sexual harassment, and worker safety matters. 






Sacramento 916-446-7904

Fresno         559-486-6278

2210 K Street, Suite 201

Sacramento, CA 95816

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