AVID - Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities
Rachael Seevers joined Disability Rights Washington as an attorney in 2013 and has been a program attorney for DRW’s Amplifying Voices of Inmates with Disabilities (AVID) Program since 2014. Her work with AVID focuses on individual and systemic advocacy in Washington’s state prisons and the Special Commitment Center. Rachael also engages in routine and targeted monitoring in these correctional and treatment settings as well as policy advocacy at the state level to effect larger criminal justice reform in Washington. Prior to coming to DRW, Rachael worked at Mental Hygiene Legal Service, a public interest legal organization in New York dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of people with mental illness. Rachael’s work there ranged from individual appeals concerning involuntary commitment and medication, to civil rights litigation relating to the provision of care for people with mental illness. In New York, Rachael was also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching legal writing and lawyering skills to first year law students. Rachael graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2006.