CRLA's was established 1966 and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The organization has gained a national reputation for its aggressive and imaginative advocacy on behalf of the rural poor.
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
July 1, 2015
Established in 1966, (our 50th anniversary takes place in 2016) CRLA serves over 43,723 low-income individuals residing in over 22 rural CA counties. CRLA helps nearly 8,000 children annually. In 2014, CRLA recovered or saved $1.86 million dollars for our low-income clients.
The CRLA mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. CRLA meets its mission through a combination of advocacy strategies that (1) provide 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.
The organization has gained a national reputation for its aggressive and imaginative advocacy on behalf of the rural poor, including farmworkers, racial, cultural and linguistic minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. CRLA focuses its service delivery and community support through five priority areas— Leadership Development, Education, Rural Health, Housing and Labor & Employment. CRLA’s special programs include: Community Equity Initiative, Indigenous Program, LGBT Program, Rural Education Equity Program, and Rural Health Disparities Program.
Our work has brought about significant gains for farmworker rights, critical civil rights victories in educational funding and access for the children of migrant farmworkers in California, improvements in water supply and access in the Central Coast, reductions in pesticide use and exposure for all Californians, adequate controls over local increases in water rates for poor communities, and the improved enforcement of housing elements in rural areas.