Incarcerated Parents Project
Unnecessarily separating families is devastating to children, their incarcerated parents and our communities. In contrast, family reunification is linked to reduced recidivism, greater family stability, and improved emotional response for children. No parent should face the punishment of losing a child simply because he/she is serving a sentence.
In order to address the unique needs of families facing incarceration and help individuals preserve relationships with their children the Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) will:
- Provide case assistance and training to practitioners and the bench,
- Establish a law school clinic to develop best practices and provide holistic representation,
- And implement legislative strategies to reduce the overall chances of family separation and incarceration in Washington State.
The Incarcerated Parents Project is a collaboration between the Washington Defender Association (WDA) and Seattle University School of Law (SU) with the support of the University of Washington Law School (UW) and the Washington State Office of Public Defense (State OPD).