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Our Mission: Combatting Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity


Welcome to the Northwest Justice Project (NJP), Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program.

Our Vision: "Justice for All Low-Income People in Washington"

Each year NJP provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to thousands of low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.   Read more »

NJP represents mobile home park homeowners in lawsuit against county

The Shady Acres Homeowners’ Association filed a lawsuit this week to prevent Kittitas County from demolishing or closing the Shady Acres mobile home park in Ellensburg. The complaint alleges the county is violating the federal Fair Housing Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination, and the county’s actions will unlawfully reduce housing for Latinos in Kittitas County. 
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NJP helps client being garnished for medical debt apply for and receive Charity Care

Many people with medical debt may qualify for a program called Charity Care that provides assistance to those who cannot afford to pay their medical bills. An NJP attorney talks with KIRO’s Jesse Jones about the program.

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A SeaTac mobile-home community pushes back against development | The Seattle Times

Residents of the Firs Mobile Home Park in SeaTac could soon lose their neighborhood as the owner plans to develop the land for another use.

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The human toll of the housing crisis | The Seattle Times

The housing crisis of a decade ago turned home prices and people’s futures upside down. While the nation rebounded and the Seattle area launched into a historic economic revival, some homeowners found themselves facing foreclosure. Here are the stories of four women who fought to save their homes — and found a common cause.

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AG Seeks Legislation to Create Statewide Driver’s Relicensing Program

Attorney General Bob Ferguson notified the Washington Legislature his office is requesting legislation to establish a program to address traffic-based financial obligations that does not penalize people for their poverty.  In a December 1, 2017 Report, required by law, the AG’s Office proposes a system to consolidate traffic debt, owed courts in multiple jurisdictions, into one payment plan making it easier for individuals to pay their traffic debts and reinstate their driver’s licenses. The AG report, and stakeholder process, followed the Northwest Justice Project (NJP) representation of nearly 2,000 drivers with suspended licenses over a three-year period.  NJP’s efforts highlighted the extent of the problem, affecting more than 250,000 mostly low-income Washington drivers, and triggered the attention of the AG, the courts and the Legislature. View the A.G.’s Report and The AG’s letter forwarding the report to the Legislature.

Resources for Immigrants

  • DACA: NWIRP will be opening their offices Monday through Wednesday next week (Oct.2-4) on a walk-in basis for any DACA recipient who is eligible for renewal and must submit their renewal application so it is received by immigration officials by Thursday, Oct. 5. Find out more here.
  • ‘OPTIONS AFTER DACA’ Free Community Forums

Immigrants looking for help on a wide range of emergent issues can use the Immigrant Resource Guide on Washington LawHelp as a starting point.  

Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network Launches Hotline to Report Detentions and Other Immigration Activities Read more »

Report: Washington hospitals stingy with charity care, with language barrier an issue | The Seattle Times

Washington hospitals appear to be falling short in their charity-care duties, according to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and a legal-rights group. Spanish-speaking patients may face particular challenges.

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Supreme Court recognizes harm to children exposed to domestic violence - parents can petition for Protection Orders

The scourge of family and intimate partner violence plagues every community and causes long-term physical and emotional injuries to victims and children. Despite strong legislative safeguards, judges across the state have been unwilling to grant the full protections of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (DVPA). NJP’s statewide campaign to ensure families and children receive the full protections of law resulted in several court rulings that dramatically improve protections for Washington families.  

The June 29, 2017 unanimous Supreme Court decision in Rodriquez v. Zavala unequivocally establishes that exposure to domestic violence harms children and that a parent’s fear of harm for a child comes within the definition of “domestic violence” for purposes of a petition for a domestic violence protection order. See High court: Abuse victims can protect their kids from abusers - and State Supreme Court says Tri-City judge got domestic violence ruling wrong - Tri-City Herald

Supreme Court: Don’t Jail Disabled for Legal Financial Obligations!

In a victory for indigent disabled people throughout the state, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in a case brought by NJP that federal law prohibits courts from ordering defendants to pay court imposed Legal Financial Obligations if the person’s only source of income is social security disability benefits. The court added: “…A person's present inability to meet their own basic needs is not only relevant, but crucial to determining whether paying LFOs would create a manifest hardship.” City of Richland v. Wakefield. Read more »