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Incarcerated Parents Project

Vision
Our criminal justice system values family and community connections and eliminates harms incurred by children, parents, families, and communities without relying upon imprisonment. Our child welfare system values family and community connections and eliminates harms incurred by children, parents, families, and communities without relying upon the destruction of parent-child relationships.
 
Mission
The Incarcerated Parents Project (IPP) reduces the overall chances of family separation due to parental incarceration in Washington State.
 
 
Within the child welfare system, incarcerated parents are almost twice as likely as other parents to lose their children. This is largely due to significant barriers in accessing social services, visits with their children and legal representation.

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).

Need IPP Case Assistance, email D'Adre Cunningham (dadre@defensenet.org)


Lillian Hewko


Former IPP Attorney Lillian Hewko
 
Contact D'Adre for IPP Case Assistance here 
Email: Dadre@defensenet.org
Telephone (206) 623-4321

Keeping families together keeps our communities safer and more supported.

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