Chelsey Heindel, UW School of Law, Snohomish County Public Defenders
Chelsey has an impressive history of dedication to GLBTQ individuals and persons living with HIV/AIDS who are in the criminal justice system. She started a GSA during high school. As an undergraduate at UW, she volunteered at a youth shelter that provided housing, legal services, and a needle exchange program for homeless youth. As a law student, Chelsey is collaborating with Outlaws to develop workshops on survival crimes that frequently attach to indigent queers, such as sleeping outside and loitering.
Chelsey will spend her summer at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association on a project designed to help the PDA better understand the needs and background of GLBT defendants and those living with HIV/AIDS. She will work directly with clients, gather resources, and do research best practices for working with GLBT defendants