Center for Human Rights

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Protecting Immigrant Rights: Is Washington's Law Working?

State legislation has created new protections for immigrants; but are local police, sheriffs, and jails following the law?

Graphic depicting fenced in yard at NWDC, with drawing of virus particles. Photo courtesy La Resistencia, logo created by Wan HD from Noun Project

COVID-19 & Health Standards at NWDC

Federal oversight has failed to address longstanding health concerns in immigration detention, which have become more urgent due to COVID-19.

Immigrant Family Separation in Northwest Juvenile Jails

What we know about immigrant youth detained for ICE at Cowlitz County Youth Services Center and NORCOR Juvenile Detention.

Hidden in Plain Sight: ICE Air and the Machinery of Mass Deportation

UWCHR report documents ICE Air's network of deportation flights using a newly-released database.

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About the Center for Human Rights

The University of Washington Center for Human Rights (UWCHR) was established by an initiative of the Washington state legislature in 2009, following a decade of ambitious program-building on all three University of Washington campuses.

Our work is distinguished by UWCHR’s uniquely hands-on research mission, inscribed in the legislation that established our Center. Everything we do is conducted through partnership with organizations on the front lines of global human rights struggles. We place the resources of the university at the service of real-world social change, and we evaluate our success in terms of practical accomplishments for justice.

Our Mission

The University of Washington Center for Human Rights is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the field of human rights; promoting human rights as a core area of faculty and graduate research; and engaging productively with local, regional, national, and international organizations and policymakers to advance respect for human rights.