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David Washington

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David graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida in 2009. In his studies and research, David focused on ethnolinguistic pressures that Afrocaribbean immigrant communities face under prevailing American racial constructs. When David wasn’t in the library or washing dishes at a locally-run Mexican restaurant, he was competing in marathons and directing the after-school program for at-risk youth at Gainesville’s Dignity Project. Upon graduation David joined the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in San Juancito, Honduras. He trained teachers, assisted in vaccine drives, and taught health, gender awareness, and professional development courses to Honduran youth. David helped procure musical instrument donations for the San Juancito Foundation, and he taught trumpet classes to children in town. He also worked with town councils and local community leaders to plan and fundraise for municipal projects. David’s work in Honduras was done in the shadow of a coup d’etat and rapidly escalating violence in what is now the world’s most violent country. David’s experiences with youth and violence in the U.S. and in Honduras influenced his decision to work with the Seneca Family of Agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area upon returning to the United States. As a Family Support Counselor, he counseled children and their families, identifying and capitalizing on their strengths in order to create stable home environments in which the children could thrive without state intervention. David currently serves on the boards of two of Penn Law’s student-run pro bono projects: the Prisoners’ Legal Education and Advocacy Project and the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project. David’s career goals include addressing incarceration and immigration legal issues, particularly those that juveniles and transition-aged youth face.

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