The Homeless Rights Advocacy Project (HRAP) engages Seattle University School of Law students in effective legal and policy research, analysis, and advocacy work to advance the rights of homeless adults, youth, and children.

The tents logo for the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project

HRAP's mission is to:

  • Provide law students with intensive, challenging education in the fundamentals of policy research, analysis, and advocacy in the context of homeless rights advocacy. 
  • Build partnerships across a broad range of disciplines with community members, advocates, academic institutions, and other stakeholders to advance the rights of homeless people. 
  • Increase access to resources (education, information, communication) to support anti-criminalization advocacy. 
  • Advocate for the repeal of laws that criminalize homelessness and poverty and for the pursuit of alternatives that better address the root problems of homelessness and poverty. 

Seattle University School of Law students are at the core of HRAP. HRAP challenges and advances core lawyering skills in and outside of the classroom and in and beyond our surrounding community.
Korematsu Center staff
Service to and collaboration with the greater community is also central to HRAP's mission. HRAP engages in core partnerships at the national, state, and local level.

Professor Sara Rankin, faculty lead for HRAP (pictured at right with the founding cohort of HRAP students), teaches lawyering skills and homeless rights advocacy at Seattle University School of Law. She regularly partners with national and local leaders in homeless rights advocacy and presents across the nation on homeless rights issues. She also blogs and publishes on legal and policy issues affecting homeless people.

Policy Briefs

Poverty Warriors

Professor Sara Rankin and her students work to end homelessness
Lawyer Magazine, Fall 2018

Contact us

Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality
901 12th Avenue
Sullivan Hall 313
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Phone: 206-398-4394
Fax: 206-398-4077

Please note: The Korematsu Center will conclude its tenure at Seattle University in June 2024. We are in the process of building a new center for civil rights that will continue this important work. To learn more about those plans and ways that you can support them, please contact Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs Feven Teklu at