Human Rights at Home

Human rights matter, everywhere. Our students and faculty are working alongside community partners in Washington state to monitor social trends and analyze local policy impacts in immigration, criminal justice, labor, and health.

Read our latest research memo

Human rights matter, everywhere. Our students and faculty are working alongside community partners in Washington state to monitor social trends and analyze local policy impacts in immigration, criminal justice, labor, and health.

Read our latest research memo

University of Washington faculty and student researchers are redoubling our commitments to human rights in the face of a political climate that threatens our communities and values. We are building connections across our campus and region to identify research projects that will strengthen the work of frontline human rights organizations in Washington State.

Immigrant Rights

In today’s climate of heightened anti-immigrant sentiment, it is increasingly important to understand the way shifting federal policies affect human rights in our communities. Today, the nation contemplates a series of policy and budget proposals that would dramatically augment the resources and authority granted to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without any corresponding assurance that these agencies will comply with human rights requirements, and without any commitment to public disclosure that would make necessary oversight possible. In light of these developments, and the growing chorus of concerns raised by immigrant communities in our state, it is necessary to gather reliable data on the policies and practices shaping immigration enforcement.

UWCHR’s Human Rights at Home initiative plans a series of reports using freedom of information and public disclosure laws to shed light on research topics identified by community partners on the front lines of immigrant rights struggles in our region.

Don’t Ask, Do Tell: Local Enforcement Collaboration with ICE/CBP

A private company writes policy manuals that offer guidelines for local law enforcement’s collaboration with federal immigration agencies. Many of these policies encode potentially unconstitutional practices which may have the effect of funneling Washington state residents into encounters with immigration enforcement. Read the full report here.