Discussions of poverty in the United States are often abstracted from the people who experience it, leaving an emotional vacuum behind the data. This project analyzes the inks between urban and rural poverty through the lens of personal experience.
Empowering Impoverished Children Through Support & Education
Explores the diversity of issues surrounding childhood poverty and worked to utilize proven methods that help with those issues to combine them into a interconnected network that will help support impoverished children and enable them to have a better future.
The Impacts of Welfare Reform on Poverty in America
A policy analysis that examines the many flaws embedded within our welfare reform and highlighting their impacts on people living in poverty in America. This analysis will also provide meaningful recommendations aimed at improving our policies based on the key issues discovered through my research.
Our group mapped out the opioid crisis in the United States and other affiliated nations. We researched the relationship of the opioid chain (history, production, consumption, and political economy) and proposed research questions for future researchers.
First I will do no harm: an investigation of short term medical mission projects in Guatemala
Short-term medical missions are presented as a way for citizens of high-income countries to help people living in poverty in low-income countries. A review of the literature indicates that when these missions are built on the objectification of poverty and the assumption that "anything is better than nothing," volunteers' actions can have harmful sociopolitical effects on the host communities and result in the provision of low-quality medical care.
An analysis of the Harmful Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Black Families, Leading to the Erosion of Their Communities
U.S. mass incarceration imprisons more individuals than any other country in the world and disproportionately impacts historically marginalized communities through the mass removal of their male members and the breakdown of the family unit. This study questions these harmful impacts and the hope of future survival for these communities.
Understanding the Needs of those Impacted by Incarceration through a Global Lens
The research uses the theoretical framework of the Self Determination Theory which proposes basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness, and when met supports positive life outcomes. The research looks to identify these needs, whether they are met or not, and their impact on the wellbeing of victims of incarceration.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Prisoners is a Human Right
At least 1/4 of the U.S. prison and jail population suffer from opioid use disorder (OUD); left untreated, OUD puts prisoners at increased risk for HIV and hepatitis C transmission and fatal overdose. The most effective way to treat OUD is with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), but less than 1% of U.S. prisons and jails offered MAT to prisoners in 2017; this denial of MAT constitutes a violation of prisoners' human rights under Articles 7 and 10 of the ICCPR.
The Potential Legalization of Psilocybin in Washington State: What does this Mean to Us?
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic substance that has shown to be effective in treating psychiatric illnesses such as depression and substance addiction, however it is currently a schedule 1 substance in the United States. As states begin decriminalization discussion around this substance, this study examines how students in Washington state feel about the potential legalization/decriminalization of psilocybin.
Freedom Isn't Free: Why Washington State Needs to Move Beyond a Cash Bail System
Despite the belief that our justice system holds people “innocent until proven guilty,” for those who are unable to pay for their freedom, they find the opposite to be true. As this paper demonstrates, the cash bail system as it currently stands in Washington state criminalizes poverty, while simultaneously exacerbating racial inequities and unnecessarily puts our community at risk. After examining the current state of Washington’s pretrial reforms this paper calls for three recommendations: codifying “the presumption of release,” and investing in services to reduce barriers to defendants returning to court without incarceration, and abandoning the decentralized Pretrial Services Program model.