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Update: March 12th, 2004: Time In 40% Economic Sanction: 4 years, 9 months. We are pursuing judicial review of our "fair hearing" in our local Superior Court. The Attorney General's office must now answer for the State's actions against us. Can the State place a family in sanction without having addressed employment impediments brought to their attention? This is the issue at hand.

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Welfare Rights Advocacy Pages

A think tank on human services policies and their effects on America's citizens.

"The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress" - Frederick Douglass

"Phone conversations are for close friends, the rest should be put in writing" - WRAP founders

"Within the talons of an eagle, a snake may squirm, yet it still remains caught." - WRAP Founders

Here at the W.R.A.P. you can find answers to your legal concerns and questions about public assistance, as well as relief from the sense of hopelessness that may set in as a result of the lack of care shown to the clients of state administrated human services agencies. It's no secret that being poor in the richest and most crime ridden country on Earth is difficult these days, to say the least. Welfare reform programs vary from state to state because the federal welfare reform act of 1996 allowed each state the freedom to administer the program in their own way, however some things, such as abusive administrators, punitive sanctions and a refusal to allow clients to develop their own IRP (individual responsibility plan), are being experienced by welfare recipients all over America. We sincerely hope that the following information will be helpful to those of you who may need it.

Our Lawsuit and it's Components

Prisoners of Our State DSHS

The Founder of Welfare Reform

5/28/03 Breaking News on Our Lawsuit

Local Issues (Washington State)

WA state's anti-sanction law and the judges who ignore it

Ratings on Our Local Representatives

Medical Benefits WA State Doesn't Cover For the Poor

Of Interest To All

Who The W.R.A.P. Are

An Archive of Our Previous Updates

The New Civil War

Why We Fired Our Lawyer

Administrative Abuse: Some tips on how to handle it

The Fair Hearing Process: Some things you might not know

The "Individual Responsibility Plan": Whose Plan is this anyway?

A Public Notice for Washington State Residents on Welfare

The Erosion of Human Rights in America

Recent Articles on Welfare and Poverty

Massachusetts Drops Welfare Fraud Investigations

Our Two Cents

Our letter to Senator Richard Tisei of Massachusetts Regarding Welfare Fraud

2/11/03 Our Reply to the Brookings Institute Regarding: Welfare Sanctions

Legal Research Tools

The W.R.A.P. Legal Research Map

A Glossary of Legal Terms (external link)


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