AVID - Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities

Helen Gebreamlak

Helen Gebreamlak is the investigator for the Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program. In this role, she goes inside prisons and jails across Washington to monitor conditions of confinement, investigates abuse and neglect, provides technical assistance to prisoners and their families, and advocates for the human rights of incarcerated people with disabilities. Helen is also a commissioner on the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC)—a police accountability body—where she chairs its Behavioral Health Workgroup.

Previously, Helen developed and facilitated various trainings, workshops, and classes on sexuality and gender related subjects at the University of Washington as the Q Center’s Social Justice Programmer. Additionally, Helen has experience in commercial casting and film production and carries a great love of cinema and storytelling.​ Helen received her BA from the University of Washington.