Fighting for Justice

Our Mission

To fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society.

Our Vision of Justice

A rural California where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and guaranteed their fundamental rights.

Who We Serve

CRLA serves low-income individuals residing in over 22 California counties. As rural areas and small cities of California continue to change, so does our outreach and service to diverse communities. Today, CRLA serves a wide array of clients, while maintaining specialized programs that focus on services for farmworker populations. CRLA clients also include individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, school children, lesbian/gay/bisexual and transgender populations, seniors and individuals with limited English proficiency.

How We Fight For Justice

CRLA reaches over 42,000 individuals a year through a combination of advocacy strategies that: 1) increase access to high-quality, no-cost legal services; 2) ensure the equitable and fair distribution of resources in rural communities; and 3) protect the rights of low-income individuals to seek justice under the law.

Our Work

CRLA legal services are shaped by the needs of our diverse client community. Through a state-wide network of 23 offices, our staff conducts litigation, outreach and legal education on the most pressing issues facing low-income communities: housing; employment; education; workplace safety; discrimination; income maintenance and healthcare access. CRLA provides legal services in conjunction with a series of innovative programs and special initiatives. Strategically designed programs and initiatives allow CRLA to address recurring, wide-spread problems that we have identified through emergent patterns in our individual client cases. CRLA has developed initiatives that deal with many complex and persistent problems for rural communities: protecting the health and safety of farmworkers; guaranteeing that workers receive proper wages; protecting individuals from predatory lending; fighting for communities that lack basic infrastructure; advocating for indigenous Mexican farmworkers; providing education and training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace; enforcing fair housing practices; supporting victims of domestic violence; guaranteeing the rights of children to a quality education; and increasing access to healthcare among California's low-income families.

Support CRLA

  • Join us in the fight for justice
  • Tell your friends and family about CRLA.
  • Visit
  • Sign-up for our Rural Justice Updates
  • Donate online or send financial contributions to:

California Rural Legal Assistance
Development Department
1430 Franklin Street, Suite 103
Oakland, CA 94612

Get Involved

  • Host a CRLA house party or office luncheon
  • Sponsor a local CRLA fundraising event
  • Volunteer at one of our local offices
  • Provide pro bono counsel
  • Underwrite a CRLA fellowship
  • Contact to learn more



501 c(3) Statement

Your contributions help CRLA provide outreach, community education and no-cost legal services to poor Californians and their families. CRLA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax preparer for details. CRLA's tax identification number is: 95-2428657.


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