The Seattle University School of Law Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

 

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A police sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police for nearly 15 years, Jon Schorsch managed a team of 20 police officers while directing special operations and supervising security for high-profile events. Later enrolling in the Seattle University School of Law, Jon Schorsch earned a JD in 2014.

For nearly 50 years, the Seattle University School of Law has trained thousands of lawyers and community leaders through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on diversity, human rights, and social justice. Students have numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience and make an impact in the community through the school’s many centers and institutes.

Among its initiatives is the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) hosted at the school’s Korematsu Center, where students can work on the problem of homelessness. HRAP brings together Seattle University law students, policymakers, and other members of the community to research and fight for the rights of homeless adults and children.

Students involved in HRAP made headlines recently when they published a series of reports critiquing laws related to homelessness, such as begging restrictions. The reports, which were generated from research conducted over the course of nine months, offer alternatives to restrictive laws and regulations that target people struggling with poverty and homelessness. The student reports advocate for further analysis of safe parking programs, authorized encampments, and accessory dwellings, among other alternative interventions.

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