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Katherine Beckett smiling
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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July 10, 2021
"As researchers of policing and homelessness, we have seen an unmistakable rise in homeless sweeps and encampment crackdowns since the late 1990s. This response to visible poverty results from a collision of forces, both in Canada and the United States: the decline of affordable housing and mental-health services, and local governments’ desires to revitalize business districts, boost tourism and attract high-income residents," write Katherine Beckett, professor of sociology and of law,... Read more
Courtney Hooks in city street.
July 8, 2021
The course "helped me understand my own family’s experiences," says Honors Program student Courtney Hooks, whose family has experienced housing instability. Media credit: Dana Brooks   Seattle is the 15th largest city in the country, yet we have the 3rd highest unhoused population. Why is that? In 2015, the state of homelessness led both the City of Seattle and King County to declare states of emergency, a designation that suggests a short term, high-priority problem. But the numbers have grown... Read more
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July 2, 2021
Records recently obtained by Oregon Public Broadcasting show Clark County Sheriff’s Office continues to share inmates’ personal information — particularly that of Latinos — with ICE. As recently as February, the jail and federal agents communicated almost daily. The UW’s Angelina Godoy, professor of law, societies and justice and of international studies and director of the Center for Human Rights, is quoted.... Read more
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June 22, 2021
By Katie Pattenaude, LSJ Student Communications Assistant Local, survivor-led anti-violence organization Collective Justice believes that we should be bold in our imagination about the communities we would like to create.  Since 2013, Collective Justice (CJ) led by LSJ alum Martina Kartman has provided an organizational framework for restorative and transformative justice programs involving incarcerated people, survivors of harm, and communities.  Collective Justice originated as an... Read more
Anthony Stokes in front of UW's Suzzallo Library
May 31, 2021
One undergraduate course. Sometimes that’s all it takes to change a student’s path. To change their life goals. And then to change the lives of others. For Anthony Stokes, that class was LSJ 200: Introduction to Law, Societies, and Justice. Stokes, who graduates this month with a double major in law, societies & justice (LSJ) and political science, planned to major in business at the UW. But LSJ 200, in the Department of Law,... Read more
Collage of anti-racist books
May 14, 2021
Image: Still from Chanhee Choi's "Pandemic"; courtesy of the artist. Art and Other Media ... Continue Reading this Story