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May 5, 2022
Hamdi Mohamed made history last November when she became the first Somali woman elected to public office in Washington State and the first Black woman elected to the Port of Seattle Commission. Before becoming a port commissioner, Mohamed graduated from the Law, Societies & Justice (LSJ) department at the University of Washington in 2013. She describes her time in the LSJ department as a transformative experience. “I always felt like I was taught by professors at the cutting edge of their... Read more
European Court of Human Rights Visualization Tool showing judgments from 1961-2014, grouped by organization type and viewed by organization participation.
April 13, 2022
New data provided by professor Rachel Cichowski shows an increase in third party interventions among several groups using the European Court of Human Rights to mobilize for change. Cichowski is a professor of political science and law, societies and justice at the University of Washington. Her research revolves around comparative and international law, legal mobilization, and social movements. Cichowski’s most... Read more
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April 13, 2022
Washington State’s Criminal Justice Training Commission (CJTC) voted 14-4 in favor of applying provisions to Senate Bill 5051 (SB 5051) on March 30. The new provisions voted on by the CJTC meant that the circumstances in decertification of police can be applied to all past misconduct, resulting in law enforcement officers losing their badges. SB 5051 is a proposed measure to allow for oversight of law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct and police brutality. “[SB 5051] is meant to... Read more
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December 15, 2021
By Niv Joshi Law, Societies & Justice (LSJ) alum Paul Heer graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in English and LSJ. Now an attorney at Foster Garvey, Heer has had quite a few opportunities to put his LSJ experience toward great causes. For example, he is Co-Chair of the “Opportunity and Progress Council,” which is Foster Garvey’s initiative to support national Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. According to their website... Read more
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November 3, 2021
By Niv Joshi, LSJ Student Communications Assistant The Department of Law, Societies & Justice (LSJ) includes faculty who conduct research on both domestic and international topics. Arzoo Osanloo is one such professor, and has adjunct appointments in the School of Law as well as the Departments of Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages, and Civilization, Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Religion.  Professor Osanloo, who is also the Director of the Jackson School of... Read more
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August 31, 2021
Dear LSJ Alumni Community: As you can imagine, the 2020-21 academic year did not look much like anything that has come before – and we fervently hope that it will not be repeated! Still, I am delighted to report that many wonderful events and activities transpired despite all the challenges that our students, staff, alumni and faculty faced. Most importantly, our students continued to show up, lean in, and think hard about the challenges that we present to them in the classroom. Although the... Read more
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August 12, 2021
"Early last year, a Clark County Sheriff’s Office sergeant emailed a federal immigration officer about a man booked into the county jail. The subject line read: “one to check.” The man “appears not to be a citizen,” Sgt. Paul Bond wrote. “Thanks man, just sent over a detainer,” Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officer Joran Vossler replied eight minutes later. The exchange, documented by researchers at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights, happened in January 2020, eight... Read more
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August 11, 2021
Local law enforcement agencies across Washington have worked with federal immigration agents to detain undocumented immigrants, despite a state law banning such collaborations. That’s according to a new report from the UW Center for Human Rights. Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights at the UW, is interviewed.... Read more
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July 15, 2021
University of Washington Provost Mark A. Richards today announced Dianne Harris will become dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, beginning Sept. 1. Featured on UW News 

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