aka California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation   |   Sacramento, CA   |
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EIN: 94-2800442


Our mission is to achieve social justice and equity in partnership with farm workers and all low-wage workers and their families in rural communities through community, legislative and legal advocacy.

Our vision is for all farm workers and their families to be treated with dignity and respect.

CRLAF's goal is to help the rural poor improve their economic, social and political conditions and become more civically engaged in their communities. Our capacity to serve our communities comes from our organization's deep roots in, and longstanding institutional ties to, the largely rural, Latino and low-income communities where we work.

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Executive Director

Ms. Amagda Perez Esq.

Deputy Director

Mark Schacht

Main address

2210 K Street Suite 201

Sacramento, CA 95816 USA

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Subject area info

Legal services

Rural development


Ethnic and racial minority rights

Immigrant services

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Immigrants and migrants

Economically disadvantaged people


NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Rural (S32)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Rooted in the farmworker movement of the 1960's, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) provides free legal services, regardless of immigration status, to low-wage workers and their families living in California's Central Valley since 1981. We believe that justice and dignity do not begin or end at the border crossings and that human rights must be protected and defended, especially for the most vulnerable populations. California's rural immigrant families are underserved, under-resourced, and isolated; they live in regions where anti-immigrant rhetoric is commonplace, worker exploitation is rampant, and access to quality legal services is scarce. With over 300,000 immigrants in rural California eligible for citizenship, many of whom who need assistance to pursue naturalization, and more than 300,000 undocumented farmworkers spread out throughout the Central Valley vulnerable to exploitation, the need for CRLAF's free legal services is critical.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Housing Program

The Affordable Housing Project focuses on pursuing policies in the state legislature that ensure our clients have access to decent, safe and affordable housing. The Affordable Housing Project has been a fundamental part of CRLAF’s work since 1981, advocating for stronger affordable housing polices throughout California, with a focus on legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of the rural poor, and particularly farmworkers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Every year, the Immigration and Citizenship program helps thousands of naturalization-eligible low-income lawful permanent residents navigate the naturalization process and gain citizenshinaturalization and benefits to many thousands more. We target our workshops and presentations to meet the needs of rural, isolated communities in the Central Valley, where there are few qualified immigration practitioners. Our campaigns help immigrants and their children succeed, as well as strengthening communities home to both native and foreign-born Americans.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
People of Latin American descent

The Sustainable Rural Communities Project works to ensure equal access to healthcare for California's farmworker and rural indigent population through a three-part strategy of health status data development, analysis and dissemination; public policy analysis and discussion; and community outreach, education and advocacy.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

The Labor and Employment project carries out policy-oriented research and farm worker field surveys, conducts legislative and administrative advocacy in the wage & hour, unemployment insurance, and farmworker law areas, both at the state and federal levels, and provides training, technical assistance and advocacy support to California legal services programs.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

The Pesticide and Work Safety Project works to bring to light and reduce agricultural work hazards and pesticide exposures faced by California’s agricultural workers and other rural residents.

The Project maintains an ongoing dialog with Cal OSHA and local, state and federal pesticide regulatory officials to encourage more thorough investigations and stricter enforcement of existing laws and regulations, improvements in regulations, and increased use of safer and more sustainable pest control alternatives. We also provide technical assistance to legal services programs and community organizations on developing outreach materials, accessing and understanding pesticide and work safety laws and regulations and public records and responding to pesticide poisoning incidents. We collaborate with members of other non-profit organizations to educate policy makers, agency officials and the public about heat stress, pesticide exposure and other work and environmental health and safety hazards affecting California’s farmworkers and other rural poor.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

The agricultural industry is plagued by some of the worst working conditions in California. CRLAF's Labor & Civil Rights Litigation Unit aggressively targets the employers responsible for these conditions, representing workers in cases involving:

Wage theft
Violation of workplace safety standards
Sexual assault and harassment in the workplace
Discrimination and retaliation
Pesticide exposure

Unique among legal aid organizations providing free civil legal aid throughout rural California, CRLAF represent clients regardless of their immigration status and we bring class action cases that can help hundreds of workers at a time.

Since our founding, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for exploited workers and our lawsuits have led to workplace-wide reforms.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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CRLAF is a statewide non-profit civil legal aid organization providing free legal services and policy advocacy for Californias rural poor.

We focus on some of the most marginalized communities: the unrepresented, unorganized, and undocumented.

We engage in community education and outreach, impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and public policy leadership at state and local levels.

We seek to bring about social justice to rural poor communities by working to address the most pressing needs of our community: Labor, Housing, Education Equity, Healthcare Access, Worker Safety, Citizenship, Immigration, and Environmental Justice.

Our work encompasses a three-tiered approach: community outreach and education designed to empower residents, encourage civic participation and increase local leadership capacity; legal representation including class action and impact litigation in the areas of labor and employment, housing, education equity, and healthcare access.

CRLAF fights for improvements for the rural poor in several ways:

- CRLAF has nationally recognized legislative and administrative advocates who draft legislation to protect or enforce laws that are being violated.

- Community outreach and education designed to increase the capacity of our clients to understand the laws that affect them, their rights and responsibilities as residents in the United States, and the remedies that are available to them when their rights have been violated.

- CRLAF's attorneys are experts on issues that affect rural immigrants and are able to represent immigrants in various forums, from individual immigration matters to class action and impact litigation.

CRLAF's comprehensive legal services provide our clients and their advocates with unique opportunities to capacity building, problem solving, and leadership development.

Our Executive Director and many staff members are former farmworkers themselves or come from farmworker families, which connections make us well-positioned to grasp the issues of concern to rural migrant communities and to design culturally sensitive solutions. CRLAF is one of the only legal aid organizations serving rural California that offers free legal counsel, advice and representation to low-wage workers and their families, regardless of immigration status.

CRLAF's attorneys are experts on issues that affect rural immigrants and are able to represent immigrants in various forums, from individual immigration matters to class action and impact litigation. We additionally staff nationally recognized legislative and administrative advocates who draft legislation to protect or enforce laws that are being violated. Our Project Directors and attorneys work regularly with younger, new attorneys to train them on new and proposed changes to immigration and labor laws, ensuring that our partners and other legal service organizations across the state are best prepared and able to assist our shared client communities.

CRLAF's Labor + Civil Rights Litigation and Citizenship + Immigration Projects represent immigrants and migrant families in agricultural and other low-wage industries where fear of retaliatory deportation makes them especially vulnerable to speaking out, and employers try to avoid liability through labor contracting systems. We assist clients obtain various forms of immigration relief, including work in naturalization, T and U-Visas, and deportation defense.

Our Litigation team brings impact litigation, with recent victories in the areas of wage theft, housing, and racial/ethnic/sexual harassment, which have won back thousands of dollars in lost wages for our clients, as well as led to industry-wide changes. We have also authored a number of amicus briefs in cases impacting low-wage and undocumented workers. Some of our class actions and specific individual cases fight for the protection and right to medical access on behalf of undocumented low-wage workers. More recently, we have started to collaborate more closely with parents and schools to ensure education equity among rural youth of migrant-worker families.

CRLAF's stellar legislative advocacy program has achieved a number of well-known victories, including the recent enactment of Assembly Bill 1654, Funding for Farmworker Housing, which we co-sponsored with CA Coalition for Rural Housing. This legislation confirms that whenever the state augments the main tax credit, a portion is automatically set aside for farmworker housing. We were a key supporter of AB 1787, which increases reporting and registration provisions to better protect agricultural pesticide applicators. CRLAF also testified in support of AB 2183, a United Farm Workers bill that allows farmworkers to mail-in ballots to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board when voting on unionization.

Finally, CRLAF sponsored a few years ago two bills which continue to play a crucial role in creating a fair workplace: Assembly Bill 1087 (which imposes liability on clients for the wage theft of their contractors) and 1897 (which requires farm labor contractors to have regular training on sexual harassment prevention).

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 12.90 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 14.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 23% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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This snapshot of C R L A FOUNDATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$36,456 $142,815 -$356,009 $5,447 $864,361
As % of expenses -1.4% 5.1% -10.2% 0.1% 15.8%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$40,898 $134,756 -$364,452 -$4,485 $853,257
As % of expenses -1.6% 4.8% -10.4% -0.1% 15.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $4,156,494 $2,507,862 $4,600,630 $4,778,583 $9,882,317
Total revenue, % change over prior year 91.3% -39.7% 83.4% 3.9% 106.8%
Program services revenue 6.0% 9.2% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.7% 1.9% 0.9% 0.4% 0.1%
Government grants 91.7% 81.6% 50.2% 45.8% 40.9%
All other grants and contributions 1.6% 3.1% 48.9% 51.9% 58.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 4.2% 0.0% 1.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,598,652 $2,826,571 $3,484,951 $4,104,138 $5,467,595
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.5% 8.8% 23.3% 17.8% 33.2%
Personnel 65.7% 70.5% 67.7% 64.1% 54.7%
Professional fees 10.0% 9.0% 11.6% 5.5% 3.9%
Occupancy 3.6% 4.5% 4.0% 3.5% 2.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 3.4% 2.3% 3.2% 18.1% 22.3%
All other expenses 17.3% 13.7% 13.5% 8.8% 16.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,603,094 $2,834,630 $3,493,394 $4,114,070 $5,478,699
One month of savings $216,554 $235,548 $290,413 $342,012 $455,633
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $478,728
Fixed asset additions $15,312 $16,026 $8,689 $11,373 $16,008
Total full costs (estimated) $2,834,960 $3,086,204 $3,792,496 $4,467,455 $6,429,068

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 14.1 14.3 14.9 15.1 13.9
Months of cash and investments 14.1 14.3 14.9 15.1 13.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.0 6.1 3.7 3.1 4.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $3,046,291 $3,357,018 $4,317,102 $5,172,210 $6,317,732
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,366,418 $770,632 $1,360,627 $1,282,959 $5,218,456
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $289,053 $305,080 $313,769 $325,142 $341,150
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 91.5% 89.3% 89.5% 89.4% 88.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 4.3% 5.7% 11.9% 12.3% 13.1%
Unrestricted net assets $1,326,108 $1,460,864 $1,096,412 $1,091,927 $1,945,184
Temporarily restricted net assets $2,825,064 $2,368,576 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $100,000 $100,000 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,925,064 $2,468,576 $3,941,791 $4,605,925 $8,122,391
Total net assets $4,251,172 $3,929,440 $5,038,203 $5,697,852 $10,067,575

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Ms. Amagda Perez Esq.

Amagda Pérez, Esq. has served as the Executive Director of CRLAF since 1997. She has over 25 years of experience representing immigrants and farmworkers and advocating for their families and communities. She received her law degree from the University of California at Davis. She is an experienced attorney in immigration and naturalization law and has extensive experience coordinating naturalization workshops and informational seminars. She has considerable experience training community leaders, law students and attorneys. Amagda is fluent in English and Spanish, bicultural, and comes from a farm worker family.

Deputy Director

Mark Schacht

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Board of directors
as of 02/09/2024
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Board co-chair

Ms. Virginia Villegas

The Villegas Law Firm, APC

Term: 2017 -

Board co-chair

Christine Brigagliano

Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP

Term: 2017 -

Manuel Magana

Community Member

Richard Pearl

Law Offices of Richard M. Pearl

Jessica Stender

Equal Rights Advocates

Jose Olivera

Associate General Counsel at Facebook

Ricardo Torres

Partner at The Capital Group Companies (retired)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/23/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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