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Advancing Human Rights at the Northern Border Project

Project Report - Released on April 17, 2012

OneAmerica and CHR released their report, "The Growing Human Rights Crisis Along the Northern Border," at our release event on April 17 at the University of Washington's Law School.  The release culminated our year-long research partnership on this project.  The report, which details three patterns of concern along the northern border, includes OneAmerica's policy recommendations and CHR's analysis of the human rights implications of U.S. Border Patrol's actions as reported to us through 109 on-the-ground interviews with residents of Snohomish, Whatcom, and Skagit counties.

You can access the report in several ways:

1)  Download the full report (5MB PDF).

2)  Download the executive summary (2MB PDF). 

3)  Download the interactive iPad version of the executive summary.

4)  You can also email us to request a hard copy of the report at Copies are subject to availability.


Project Media Coverage

Our project has received quite a bit of media attention.  Click on the article links below to read/see the media response to our report's release.  We will continue to update this list.

April 25, 2012 - The Northern Light

April 24, 2012- Crosscut

April 20, 2012- Immigration Impact

April 21, 2012- Hispanically Speaking News

April 19, 2012- 790 KGMI 

April 18, 2012- The Seattle Globalist 

April 18, 2012- The Huffington Post

April 18, 2012- My Northwest

April 17, 2012- News segment from KOMO4 News featuring UW CHR Director, Angelina Snodgrass Godoy

April 17, 2012- The Seattle Times

April 17, 2012- Seattle PI

April 17, 2012- NWPR (audio available)

April 17, 2012- Seattle Weekly Blog


Project Photo Exhibit

Volunteer photographer Alex Montalvo, OneAmerica staff member Kendra Anderson, and volunteer graphic designer August Aldebot-Green curated an exhibit of photographs taken during our research along the Northern Border.  The photo exhibit was available during our release event and will be on display at the University of Washington's Research Commons during July and August of 2012.  You can also view the electronic version of this exhibit here.


Project Description

OneAmerica and the UW Center for Human Rights have created an innovative, sustainable partnership to bring human rights tools to the communities of Washington State. Together, OneAmerica and CHR are systemically documenting patterns of abuses in the Northern Border between WA and Canada stemming from the dramatically increased presence of Border Patrol personnel in the area since 9/11. These abuses include the Border Patrol's participation as a first responder for 911 calls, a routine practice in some WA counties. One recent case involved the shooting death of a mentally impaired man at the hands of Border Patrol agents who responded to a call for emergency assistance.

Both organizations will publish a report with policy recommendations in 2012. The report will be released in a press conference held at the University of Washington. OneAmerica will subsequently conduct advocacy at the local and national level using recommendations from the report generated through this project with the aim of achieving strategic policy at all levels pertaining to National Security and Border Patrol allocations, the increase of which have led to greater presence without adequate training along the border.

Furthermore, we hope the community organizing, leadership development, and human rights documentation will help build local leadership in immigrant communities such that they can more effectively advocate for their civil and human rights.

Please see further information about this project on OneAmerica's website.


Partnership with Seattle Human Rights Commission

The Center for Human Rights has been invited by the Seattle Human Rights Commission to collaborate on a number of initiatives in an effort to forge a long-term partnership between the two entities.  This project is in its infancy as we explore the best way for the Center to use its resources and experts in an advisory capacity for the Commission.  We have attended Commission meetings and look forward to posting more information as this partnership develops.


The Clean Slate Project

Despite falling crime rates across the United States, the number of people who have a criminal record has increased steadily. The Clean Slate Project is a collaborative, policy-driven research endeavor involving the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights, the Racial Disparity Project, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, and various other community and civic organizations. Its goal is to improve our understanding of how best to increase ex-offenders’ access to housing and employment. Toward this end, research will identify the barriers that limit ex-offenders’ ability to obtain apartments and jobs, and assess the strengths and limitations of various policies intended to remedy this problem. This final report will be shared with a broad range of stakeholders, including the Seattle City Council, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other community groups.

Professor Katherine Beckett is leading this project.  She is a Professor in the Law, Societies, and Justice Program and the Department of Sociology, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1994. Her research analyzes the causes and consequences of legal changes and penal practices. She is the author of numerous articles and several books on these topics, including, most recently, Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America, published in 2010 by Oxford University Press.


Center for Human Rights
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle, WA 98195

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Helen H. Jackson Endowed Chair in Human Rights
Director, Center for Human Rights

Gai-Hoai T. Nguyen
Associate Director, Center for Human Rights