The organizations that make up CLIWA provide a diversity of services across various areas of California. The following are our members categorized by the geographic area of the service that they provide.
Asian Law Caucus – The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of API communities. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant, and underserved APIs.
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach – For thirty years, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (API Legal Outreach) has worked to tear down long-standing barriers that have denied Asians and Pacific Islanders equal justice and equal access to our legal system.
California Immigration Policy Center – The California Immigrant Policy Center is a non-partisan, non-profit statewide organization founded in 1996. The Policy Center seeks to inform public debate and policy decisions on issues affecting the state’s immigrants and their families in order to improve the quality of life for all Californians.
Center for Workers’ Rights – Founded in March 2014, the Center for Workers’ Rights strives to improve working conditions, reduce barriers to securing employment, and remedy workplace injustices for low-wage workers in the greater Sacramento area.
Centro Legal de la Raza – Founded in 1969 by Latino law students from Boalt Hall at UC Berkeley, Centro Legal de la Raza is a comprehensive legal services agency protecting and advancing the rights of immigrant, low-income and Latino communities through bilingual legal representation, education, and advocacy.
Katherina and George Alexander Community Law Center – The Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center provides pro bono advice and representation in several areas including workers’ rights, consumer rights and immigration rights.
Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center – The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center promotes the stability of low-income and disadvantaged workers and their families by addressing issues that affect their ability to achieve self-sufficiency. Using the law as a tool, the LAS–ELC helps workers attain financial security by preserving their employment opportunities. We believe that stable working conditions and adequate income strengthen families and build communities.
Legal Aid of Marin– Legal Aid of Marin’s mission is to provide access to the civil justice system to low-income, vulnerable and otherwise underserved residents of Marin County. We strive for practical solutions to client problems through quality legal service.
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights – Combining direct legal services, policy advocacy, and impact litigation strategies, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area advances the rights of immigrants, refugees and communities of color, with a specific focus on low income communities and a long-standing commitment to African Americans. We provide leadership and expertise in identifying legal issues and cases that are critical to the advancement of minority and immigrant communities, and we marshal the resources of the private bar to help effect structural change.
National Employment Law Project – A fundamental promise of America is that work will be a ladder to economic opportunity and an anchor of economic security for working families. But that promise has unraveled over the past three decades. Globalization has combined with domestic policy choices to yield an economy that creates too many low-wage jobs and not nearly enough good ones. Lax enforcement of workers’ rights, increased subcontracting and misclassification of employees as independent contractors, and failed immigration policies have heightened insecurity for all workers. Inequality has grown to historic levels, the middle class is imperiled, and many fear our best days are behind us.
National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee – The Labor and Employment Committee of the National Lawyers Guild [NLG] is a non-profit unincorporated legal association engaged in legal education and advocacy. The membership of the Labor & Employment Committee includes lawyers, law students, legal workers, and worker representatives. It serves as a liaison between the Guild and legal organizations that represent organized labor and workers. The L&EC also works directly with organized labor and other organizations that represent workers.
Stanford Community Law Clinic – The Community Law Clinic (CLC) is fundamentally a trial practice clinic. Based inEast Palo Alto, a low-income community four miles from the law school, the CLC is the closest thing to a traditional legal services office among Stanford’s clinical offerings. The signature feature of the CLC is its off-campus location, which gives students the unique opportunity to work in a community-based, storefront, legal aid office.
Women’s Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University Law School – We at Golden Gate University School of Law believe that law is an honorable and valuable profession worthy of the public trust. Our goal is to prepare our students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. To that end, we blend practical skills training with legal theory throughout the curriculum as we strive for excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment, and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.
Young Workers United – Young Workers United formed in 2002, is a multi-racial and bilingual membership organization dedicated to improving the quality of jobs for young and immigrant workers. We raise standards in the low-wage service sector in San Francisco through worker and student organizing, grass-roots advocacy, leadership development, and public education.
Warehouse Workers Resource Center (WWRC) – The warehouse workers of the Inland Empire play a crucial role in our global economy. They move billions of dollars worth of consumer goods each year that come from factories in places like China and end up on the shelves of big box retail outlets like Wal-Mart and Home Depot.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA – Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice – LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice – LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Bet Tzedek – For the past 40 years, Bet Tzedek has provided free, comprehensive legal services for low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles, proving that access to justice makes a difference in people’s lives. It is the difference between having a home and living on the streets, between getting paid or having to go hungry, between access to medical care and supportive services or suffering.
Chinese Progressive Association – Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.
CLEAN Carwash Campaign – CLEAN stands for Community Labor Environmental Action Network. CLEAN is a diverse coalition of immigrant rights, legal, and labor organizations committed to improving the lives of working class families in the greater Los Angeles area. The CLEAN Carwash Campaign is a joint effort between CLEAN and the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee (CWOC) of the United Steel Workers. Together CWOC and CLEAN work to support carwash workers standing up for their rights, improve health and safety protections for the 10,000 carwash workers in the greater Los Angeles area, and help keep our water and environment clean for LA communities.
Coalition for Humane Immigration Rights LA – The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles(CHIRLA) was formed in 1986 to advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles; promote harmonious multi-ethnic and multi-racial human relations; and through coalition-building, advocacy, community education and organizing, empower immigrants and their allies to build a more just society.
Koreatown Immigration Workers Alliance – The mission of KIWA is to build the power of immigrant workers and residents and to organize a progressive grassrootsleadership to transform our workplaces andcommunities, in Koreatown and beyond.
Legal Aid Foundation of LA – LAFLA seeks to achieve equal justice for poor and low-income people in greater Los Angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change and community education.
La Raza Centro Legal – La Raza Centro Legal is a community-based legal organization dedicated to empowering Latino, immigrant and low-income communities of San Francisco to advocate for their civil and human rights. We combine legal services, organizing, advocacy, and social services to build grassroots power and alliances towards creating a movement for a just society.
MALDEF– Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community”, MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network – NDLON improves the lives of day laborers in the United States. To this end, NDLON works to unify and strengthens is member organizations to be more strategic and effective in their efforts to develop leadership, mobilize, and organize day laborers in order to protect and expand their civil, labor and human rights. NDLON fosters safer more humane environments for day laborer, both men and women, to earn a living, contribute to society, and integrate into the community.
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County – Our primary mission is to combat poverty through the judicial system to improve the lives of individuals and families and in our community. We offer free legal representation, advice and education. We have improved health and wellness, expanded economic opportunities, and protected human rights throughout Los Angeles County.
Pilipino Worker Center – Pilipino Workers’Center was formed in 1997, and was established on the idea that all people and communities have rights to a healthy, dignified quality of life. PWC’s mission is to provide immediate services and resources that help meet urgent needs of low to moderate income workers and their families in the short term, and to move them to act collectively to address their own needs and issues for long-term change.
Restaurant Opportunity Center – LA – We build power and voice for restaurant workers in three ways; workplace justice campaigns, promoting the high road to profitability and research and policy work.
SoCalCOSH – The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) is a federation of local and statewide “COSH” groups–Committees/Coalitions on Occupational Safety and Health. COSH groups are private, non-profit coalitions of labor unions, health and technical professionals, and others interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety.
UCLA Labor Center – The UCLA Labor Center believes that a public university belongs to the people and should advance quality education and employment for all. Every day we bring together workers, students, faculty, and policymakers to address the most critical issues facing working people today. Our research, education, and policy work lifts industry standards, creates jobs that are good for communities, and strengthens immigrant rights, especially for students and youth.
Wage Justice Center – Using innovative legal theories and legal tools borrowed from commercial collections law—and supported by law-student and attorney volunteers, the Wage Justice Center has collected millions of dollars in back wages and penalties owed to low-income workers. Most of these back wages were collected in cases that community groups, legal aid attorneys, and the State of California had long written off—cases involving the sort of highly unscrupulous and exploitative business that are rampant in the underground economy.
Employee Rights Center – Founded in 1999 the Employee Rights Center has as its mission, offering all San Diego area workers, especially disadvantaged workers without union representation, education and advocacy regarding their workplace issues. It is the only non-profit organization in the area that offers legal services regarding employment and labor law.
California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. 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.
California Rural Assistance Foundation 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.
Worksafe – Worksafe is a California-based organization dedicated to eliminating all types of workplace hazards. We advocate for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for injured workers. We watchdog government agencies to ensure they enforce these laws.
Equal Rights Advocates – Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Through its campaign approach—incorporating public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: ensuring equality in their educational experience, combating sex discrimination in the workforce, and advocating for workplaces hospitable to working families.
National Immigration Law Center – Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their families. We envision a U.S. society in which all people — regardless of their race, gender, immigration or economic status — are treated equally, fairly, and humanely, have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities, and are able to achieve their full potential as human beings.