WHO WE ARE
CRLAF’s goal is to help the rural poor improve their economic, social and political conditions and become more civically engaged in their communities.
CRLAF’s capacity to serve comes from our organization’s deep roots in, and longstanding institutional ties to, the largely rural, Latino and low-income communities where we work.
CRLAF’s Executive Director and many staff members are former farmworkers or come from farmworker families, which connections make us well-positioned to grasp the issues of concern to the rural poor and design culturally sensitive solutions, and fight for rural justice in a variety of ways:
CRLAF's nationally recognized legislative and administrative advocates draft legislation to protect or enforce laws that are being violated;
Designing community outreach and education to increase our clients' capacity to understand laws affecting them, their rights and responsibilities as United States residents, and the remedies available should these rights be violated; and
Engaging expert attorneys on issues faced by rural immigrants and migrant workers, who provide representation 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 40+ years CRLAF has built a reputation as a trusted resource for farmworkers and rural families. Empowering our communities to advocate for themselves is a critical step in developing
Political power is essential in resolving problems faced by farmworkers and other low-wage laborers. CRLAF regularly collaborates with residents, community partners, and the legislature to create policy change that more fully supports its client communities.
Representing large groups is the key to bringing about industry-wide improvements. By advancing class action litigation, CRLAF has achieved sweeping reforms in wage and hour, sexual harassment, and worker safety matters for low-wage workers across the state.