This summer, AVID has been fortunate to have three stellar student interns from the University of Washington School of Law. Rose Boughton, Catherine Holmes, and Sydney Miyahara assisted AVID by monitoring the conditions of five prisons, two juvenile detention facilities, one jail, and the Special Commitment Center. They also provided self-advocacy assistance to hundreds of incarcerated individuals via phone and letter, assisted with investigations, conducted legal research, and wrote legal memos. Rose, Catherine, and Sydney will continue to help the AVID Program throughout the school year and have been an invaluable addition to our team!

In other exciting news, Helen Gebreamlak was appointed to the Seattle Community Police Commission in July 2018. The Commission was created by a settlement agreement between the City of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice and provides community input on needed reforms to Seattle Police Department practices. Helen will bring a disability rights perspective to the Commission as a whole and as a member of the Commission’s Behavioral Health Workgroup.

Last, but certainly not least, Danny Waxwing has joined AVID as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP. Danny will launch the Trans in Prison (TIP) Justice Project, mobilizing community and legal resources to address the acute needs of transgender and gender non-conforming  people incarcerated in Washington State prisons. Through direct representation, policy change, and coalition-building, TIP will center advocacy at the intersections of disability, gender, and racial justice. Welcome Danny!